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Grand Forks Young Professionals distributing orange bags to collect items for charities

Local nonprofit organizations will receive the personal care and household items to give to those in need

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GRAND FORKS — Members of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals are distributing orange bags to hundreds of homes around town this week to collect much-needed items for various local charities.

They are leaving the large bags on doorsteps in several neighborhoods through Saturday, April 23, in hopes that homeowners will fill the bags and leave them at their front door for GGFYP volunteers to pick up on April 30, organizers say.

The members will then sort the items and deliver them to the charities in need. This is the seventh year that the Orange Bag Event has been held, said Alicia Fadley, GGFYP community involvement chair.

These nonprofit organizations will benefit: Circle of Friends Animal Shelter, Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC), Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Grand Forks Salvation Army, Journey Home Animal Rescue, Northlands Rescue Mission, Red River Valley Community Action, ShareHouse and St. Joseph’s Social Care.

Items that these charities have requested include new personal care and hygiene items, such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper and paper towels. New or used household items, such as bed sheets, towels, blankets, kitchenware and cleaning supplies, are also needed.

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The GGFYP, a professional development and service-driven organization, is also accepting new or used clothing and shoes and canned food donations.

Those who do receive a bag, but would like to participate, may drop off donations between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 30 at Optimist Park. If needed, GGFYP volunteers will help with unloading your vehicle.

More information, including specific donation requests, can be found on the GGFYP Facebook event page and at www.GGFYP.com .

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