Local students fill 150 backpacks with essential items for Global Youth Service Day

Moorhead High School student Addie Loerzel is leading the project called Backpack Blessings.

Addie Lorezel leading her project Backpack Blessings.
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FARGO — Moorhead High School junior Addie Lorezel was awarded a grant from The Hershey Company and Youth Service America to continue her project called Backpack Blessings.

The project is in honor of Global Youth Service Day, the longest running annual youth participating event in the world and the only one that asks youth to find meaning and purpose by working together for the common good.

She helped lead the students from Moorhead High School and Inspire Innovations Lab in packing 150 backpacks full of toiletries, snacks, socks and other essential items.

The students are packing and delivering the backpacks to the homeless Friday, April 28, to Glady's Ray Shelter and Church's United.

The partnership came about with just asking both schools to join.


Moorhead High School has been doing it for three years and this was the first year of Inspire Innovations Lab.

Lorezel had some motivational words to get the students inspired.

"You're doing good for the community, so just keep going and do it because you're making people happy," Lorezel said.

She hopes this motivates everyone to help those in need too.

"We're here to make people happy and do good for the community, so hopefully you guys are inspired by this," Lorezel said.

My name is Anne Sara, better known as Sara.
I was born an only child in Port-au-prince, Haiti and moved to the U.S at the age of 2.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is where I was raised.
After graduating with my bachelor degree at Albright College, I moved to Florida to continue my studies.
WDAY is the reason why I moved to North Dakota.
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