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Giving Hearts Day once again to take place in Perham

The Boys and Girls Club of the Perham Area and Empowering Kids Perham will be teaming up to raise funds and increase awareness through the annual Giving Hearts Day fundraiser

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Giving Hearts Day is Feb. 11. (Submitted logo)

On Feb. 11, the Boys and Girls Club of the Perham Area and Empowering Kids Perham will be teaming up to raise funds and increase awareness through the annual Giving Hearts Day fundraiser, according to a news release from the Boys and Girls Club of the Perham Area.

Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation and The Impact Foundation. Charities participating in Giving Hearts Day obtain matching funds to double the impact of donations. leverage matching donations from sponsors, increasing the impact of a donor’s gift. This year marks the 14th consecutive year of Giving Hearts Day, and 400 nonprofits and charitable causes from all over North Dakota and western Minnesota are expected to participate. In 2020, a total of $19.1 million was raised on Giving Hearts Day in just 24 hours through the contributions of nearly 35,000 generous donors. Since it began in 2008, Giving Hearts Day has raised more than $90 million for charities.

The community is invited to help Paint the Town Red starting Wednesday, Feb. 3, through Giving Hearts Day on Feb. 11. A few ways that business can participate include:

  • Paint the Town Red: Decorate your business for Giving Hearts Day, participants will have a chance to win a $75 gift card.
  • Contribute prizes or coupons for the spinning wheel
  • Receive flyers with Giving Hearts Day information for customers to take
  • Share Giving Hearts Day information through social media, email, or newsletter
  • Put a Giving Hearts Day poster on your community bulletin board
  • Encourage staff to wear red on Feb. 11

This fundraiser will be a kick-off for the Boys & Girls Club of the Perham Area's fundraising efforts as it prepares to move into the Hub community center later this year. The new site will include additional space for us to serve more youth, a dedicated teen space, and beautiful gym space. Having a gym will allow us to provide additional large motor and movement activities for their members when the weather is less than ideal.

The club’s Giving Hearts Day 2021 campaign goal is $30,000. Funds raised this year will be used to purchase equipment for the gym in their new space. This is the first time in our ten year history that we will have dedicated gym space so their list of needs is expansive! It includes foosball and air hockey tables, four square ping pong tables, a standard ping pong table, arcade basketball game, scooters, a large assortment of balls, hula hoops, scooters, goal nets, a sound system and storage units.

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It is the vision of Empowering Kids to provide a life of hope, happiness, dignity, and purpose for individuals with autism and other social challenges. More than half of young adults with autism remain unemployed and unenrolled in higher education in the two years after high school, and nearly half of 25-year-olds with autism have never held a paying job, according to Empowering Kids.

Empowering Kids' one of a kind Hub space has been specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals that have autism across their lifespan. Part of this space will include an employment lab and a full mock apartment. With a campaign goal of $20,000, all donations received on Giving Hearts Day will go toward purchasing items for these new spaces. Items include:

  • Employment lab: Chairs, tables, computers, Project Discovery curriculum kits, laser printer, 3D printer, hand and power tools, shelving, storage, and supplies.
  • Mock apartment: Couch, recliner, side and coffee tables, entertainment center, bed, bedding, dishes, pots and pans, phone, cooking and eating utensils, small appliances, grill, dresser, lamps, rugs, TV, desk, and an office chair. Major appliances for this space are being paid for through the renovation grant.

There are a number of ways to support these fundraising efforts. Those interested in participating can fill out a survey at forms.gle/jxax3v8FL2DLkswb7 by Jan. 25. For those requesting a decorating bag, it will be dropped off between Jan. 26-29.

The decorating contest will be held again this year for businesses that would like to participate. Once the workspace is decorated, take a couple pictures, and send them to Christi Stoll at christi@empoweringkidsperham.org . The deadline to submit photos is 10 p.m. on Feb. 8. Pictures will be posted on the Boys and Girls Club Facebook page and will have two prize categories:

  • Facebook Favorite: the picture with the most ‘Likes’ on the original post.
  • Judges Favorite: A panel of judges will consist of kids from Boys and Girls Club and Empowering Kids.

Each category winner will receive a $75 gift card to the restaurant of their choice. Winners will be announced on Facebook on Feb. 12.
For information, contact the Boys and Girls CLub at 218-298-4697 or bgcaperham@gmail.com .

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