• Mia Lupo

Freezin' for a reason

November is National Homeless Awareness month, which is why the Student Social Work Organization sponsors Freezin’ for a Reason every year during this time.

The 15th annual Freezin’ For a Reason takes place Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Market Place Foods, 1930 South Broadway.

According to Janelle Nagy, MSU senior and chair of Freezin’ for a Reason, this time of year is frigid and dreadful for those in need of warmth, housing, food, and the necessary means with which to cook food. This event helps aid the needs of those in poverty by collecting nonperishable food, warm clothing, and monetary donations.

The donations collected will go to a charity organization of the SSWO’s choosing; either the Salvation Army, Lord’s Cupboard, or Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

The Minot Area Community Foundation will also donate $500 to the selected charity if the event collects at least 1,000 pounds of food. The MACF has also helped with the event by lending a trailer, or donation station, for the SSWO to store the food, clothing, and other donations during the event.

“We like to give back and help out (organizations) in need of these donations,” Nagy said.

SSWO student volunteers and other volunteers will stand outside holding signs asking for donations while bearing the cold weather to do their part to help.

To volunteer or for event information, contact Nagy at Janelle.Nagy@MinotStateU.edu.

Last year, SSWO collected more than 670 pounds of food for local food banks. It also collected $443 for the YWCA and two bags of kids clothing for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

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