[Lend A Hand Up]
Story by Jeana Peinovich, with Tracy Nicholson
Photography provided by Lend A Hand Up, DMF
Since 2008, Lend A Hand Up has been partnering with caring community members to host fundraisers for families battling tough medical challenges. While this pandemic has tragically succeeded in stopping all gatherings and benefits, it didn't stop their team from finding creative (and remote) ways to support the families they've pledged to help. This month, we're asking our readers to rally together (online) with three fun ways to "lend a hand up".
Five Families Who Need Our Help!
One-Year-Old, Jay Fischer
Beverly "Bevy" Peters
Julian “Duane” D. Elofson
Fred & Anna Lassonde
3 Ways to LEND A HAND UP!
[ Extend help & hope to our neighbors in need ]
1. Help & Hope Team T-shirts
Ease the hurt and buy a shirt!
When you buy a Team Tee through the Lend A Hand Up Shirt Shop, $10 from every shirt will be donated to a local family in medical crisis through Lend A Hand Up’s partnership with S & S Promotional Group. Select a family to designate your gift - or give to all. Shirts include super-soft t-shirts and Sport-Tek athletic wear. There are multiple sizes and colors for adults and youth.
All shirts are under $20 and that includes mailing costs. Look good and do good!
Now through May 25, view family campaigns and shop:
2. Help & Hope Gift Cards
When times are hard, extend a card!
Buy a gift card – or share one on hand to help a family with groceries, gas or supplies. Feel free to share a personal, uplifting message, with or without your name. Designate your gift card to a family listed on the Lend A Hand Up Give page, or let us help you determine the best fit/family for your caring gift. Let’s come together to share Gift Card Mayday Baskets to our neighbors in medical crisis.
Forward your gift card(s) now or anytime:
3. Help & Hope Donations
It’s easy to uplift, make an online gift!
Through Lend A Hand Up, your gift will increase in value by 20% through the program’s unique boost platform. And, since Lend A Hand Up's operational expenses are covered by Dakota Medical Foundation, all gifts directly help families.
Make an online gift:
Get to Know Lend A Hand Up
Lend A Hand Up is on a mission to raise financial help and hope for local families experiencing a medical crisis. Launched in February of 2008, they provide fundraising tools, personal coaching, online donation capabilities, gift cards and boost grants up to $5,000 per family. All resources are free to eligible fundraisers, and a committee meets weekly to review applications. Resources are currently limited to fundraisers that help residents of Cass County (ND), Clay County (MN) and the cities of Lake Park, Audubon and Detroit Lakes.
“Since Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) funds Lend A Hand Up’s operational expenses, all gifts benefit families,” said Peinovich. “Unlike GoFundME platforms, donors are not charged fees, nor solicited tips when they make a gift. Plus, donations are boosted 20% through Lend A Hand Up’s unique boost platform made possible by program supporters."
Since 2008, Lend A Hand Up has partnered with caring community members to raise more than $18 million to uplift 540 local families through a medical crisis.”
For more information, contact:
Lend A Hand Up
Dakota Medical Foundation
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