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Bridges of Hope thankful for all who helped with Thanksgiving

Fall is the busiest time of year at Bridges of Hope, whose mission is to build bridges between families and those that can help. The organization anticipates assisting more than 2,700 households in Crow Wing County and surrounding communities by year-end, connecting them with resources to help them through a crisis.

One way the organization serves the community is by coordinating a Thanksgiving meal program. This year, Bridges of Hope anticipated serving around 280 households with Thanksgiving meals. In reality, more than 370 households stepped forward and asked for a helping hand at Thanksgiving.

This community answered with generosity and every household received a Thanksgiving meal thanks to the 76 families and individuals, 14 churches, 11 businesses and 12 service clubs and agencies who shopped for, packed and delivered meals.

This is the sixth year the organization has coordinated the program and the goal is to serve those in need while streamlining and coordinating with other agencies offering similar meal programs in order to reduce duplication. To that end, last year an arrangement was made for Bridges to take a lead on Thanksgiving while the Salvation Army focused on Christmas.

Bridges of Hope is also calling attention to its 60K in 60 Days Fundraising Campaign for those still making their year-end giving decisions. In order to serve all the households who will call during this holiday season, the organization must raise the remaining $17,000 of its $60,000 goal by Dec. 31. A gift of $150 serves a household at Bridges of Hope.

To make a gift to Bridges of Hope this year, donate online through the website at or mail gifts to Bridges of Hope, PO Box 742, Brainerd, MN 56401.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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