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Volunteers help Northlands Rescue Mission deliver Thanksgiving meals

Individuals and families in need were also able to pick up meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Ryan Schafer and his children (Jorde and Lincoln) with Amy and Russell Shimek and their children (Ava, Autumn, and Annika) volunteering at the Northlands Rescue Mission on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 24, 2022.
Sav Kelly
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GRAND FORKS – Northlands Rescue Mission worked with volunteers on Thanksgiving to deliver free meals to individuals and families in need in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

Corey Quirk and his 20-year-old son, Cole Quirk, helped organize meal containers into large boxes before loading them into waiting vehicles.

It was Cole Quirk's first time volunteering, which he decided to do because he wanted to "give back to the community."

“Everybody should be able to celebrate the holidays, and nobody should really be left out," said Cole Quirk. "It’s a time for family and giving.”

One group of two couples and their children arrived at Northlands Rescue Mission before 11 a.m. to begin picking up their deliveries.

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Corey Quirk (left) and Cole Quirk (right) volunteering at the Northlands Rescue Mission on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 24, 2022.
Sav Kelly

Many people wouldn't think to volunteer on Thanksgiving, but Amy Shimek and her family have done so for the past two years.

Shimek said part of the reason she and her family volunteer on the holiday is because of the help they received in the past.

“My daughter was ill a few years ago, and people delivered us meals,” Shimek said.

Another reason for volunteering is the learning experience for Shimek's children. She wants to teach them "about contributing to the good of the community."

Those in need can get a monthly food box from Northlands Rescue Mission. Boxes are generally available for pickup Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays) at Door No. 2.

Northlands Rescue Mission also typically provides community meals twice a day — lunch at 12 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Meals can also be picked up at Door No. 2.

The organization is also working to fight child hunger through their Backpack Program, which provides food for children to take home over the weekends. There are 11 Grand Forks schools participating in the program, and families can contact their school's front office for more information.

As food costs rise, donations becoming increasingly important for organizations such as Northlands Rescue Mission. Donations can be brought to their front office. For large quantities, call ahead at (701) 772-6600 ext. 207.

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