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Local Nonprofits Partner on National Make A Difference Day - Oct. 23

On October 23, more than 3 million Americans are expected to volunteer on Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest single day of volunteering. Two local nonprofit organizations will be partnering to also make a difference in the lives of 1,500 less fortunate children in our community.

Cheerful Givers is planning a "Birthday Bag Blitz -- Kids Helping Kids " where mentors and mentees from the Kids 'n Kinship program along with Cheerful Givers volunteers will assemble 1,500 toy-filled gift bags which will be distributed to shelters and food shelves so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift.

This event was so well received last year on national Make A Difference Day that both nonprofits decided to expand their efforts and triple the number of birthday bags that will be created. In addition to participating in this meaningful and fun hands-on experience, volunteers will get to meet Kathryn Knuttila, Miss Minnesota and Sergeant Todd of the US Army, as well as enjoy birthday cake and giveaways.

Thomson Reuters is sponsoring and hosting the event and additional sponsors include the Northern and Southern Dakota Chapters of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

About Kids 'n Kinship
Kids 'n Kinship is a preventative mentoring program for children ages 5-16 who are in need of a positive adult role model. The goal is that the children will form a long-term friendship with a responsible, consistent adult. Through their mentor relationship children receive positive attention, experience a variety of activities, and are helped to develop the sense of self-worth that is essential to successfully functioning in school, in healthy relationships, and eventually on the job. Kids 'n Kinship also has a school-based mentoring project in collaboration with Glacier Hills Elementary School. www.kidsnkinship.org

About Cheerful Givers
Cheerful Givers is a unique, local nonprofit organization that provides toy-filled birthday gift bags to shelters and food shelves so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift. This simple gesture boosts self-esteem, enhances self-worth and strengthens family bonds. Since 1994, with the help of thousands of volunteers, more than 360,000 children have received birthday gift bags. www.cheerfulgivers.org

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