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Published October 22, 2011, 04:41 PM

Some Tailgate For Fun, Others For A Good Cause

Hundreds of people came to the Alerus Center to grill, listen to music and celebrate UND homecoming. While many football fans chose to tailgate, others showed team spirit by helping others.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Hundreds of people came to the Alerus Center to grill, listen to music and celebrate UND homecoming. While many football fans chose to tailgate, others showed team spirit by helping others.

UND senior Amanda Scheid shows her team spirit every year during homecoming. This year it's more than just wearing green and white.

"It's really fun, there's not as many people as we'd like, it's a little chilly out here. But it's a blast, there's music, food and hopefully donations," Scheid said.

While hundreds of people are tailgating for fun, others are tailgating for a good cause. Scheid's helping to raise awareness about a program helping feed hungry children.

"I think I'm probably having more fun than them because I get to do all the fun things here but I actually get to help people while doing it," Scheid said.

Scheid is part of the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association at UND. The group is collecting canned goods and donations for the "Backpack Distribution Program."

"We have about 150 students from four schools right now so the greatest need is just to make sure that when they go home on the weekends if they are kind of lacking with the nutrition, that they are getting at least the basics," Northlands Rescue Mission volunteer coordinator Amy Tweet said.

This is the first year the students are tailgating for food. It's a cause people like Scheid believe in and hope they can make a difference for years to come.

"We just thought, there's a ton of people at tailgating so it's maybe the best way to get to a lot of people and have some fun and get lots of donations," Scheid said.

"Our goal is 150 dollars or 150 canned good items, sometimes it's like hard for people to remember to bring a canned good but if we could get 100-dollars that would be great, that would be a success," UND student Laura Barnett said.

The group raffled off a UND sports package worth 150 dollars. It beat its goal by raising nearly $170.

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