The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals is sponsoring the Orange Bag Event to gather housewares, clothing and personal care products for 10 local nonprofit organizations. Volunteers will drop off orange bags at hundreds of homes from Friday through Tuesday, April 9-13, for people to fill with household and clothing items and return May 1.
The drive will benefit the following local nonprofit organizations: Community Violence Intervention Center, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Grand Forks Salvation Army, Journey Home Animal Rescue, Northlands Rescue Mission, Project Dignity, Red River Valley Community Action, St. Joseph’s Social Care and The Arc, Upper Valley.
The nonprofit organizations have indicated they need items including new or used clothing and shoes, new or used household necessities such as sheets, towels, blankets, kitchenware, cleaning supplies and baby equipment, and new personal care items such as shampoo and body wash, deodorant, diapers, baby wipes and toilet paper, according to Kathryn Kester, GGFYP executive director.
On May 1, GGFYP volunteers will go back to the neighborhoods where they distributed bags, and pick up the filled bags from the homes’ doorsteps. The donated items will be sorted and delivered to the organizations that need them. Food donations will not be accepted.
Those who do not receive an orange bag, but would like to contribute, may drop off donations at Lincoln Drive Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1. The GGFYP crew will be happy to assist with unloading, Kester said.
The GGFYP is a professional development and service-driving organization.
For more information, including specific donation requests, visit the GGFYP Facebook page.