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Published February 14, 2012, 07:41 PM

Cando, ND, Residents Take Part in Marathon Charity Event 'Giving Hearts Day'

CANDO, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A North Dakota town hopes a marathon charity event will help nearly a dozen local businesses.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

CANDO, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A North Dakota town hopes a marathon charity event will help nearly a dozen local businesses.

And all you have to do to donate is go online.

February 14 is Giving Hearts Day across the the state. The people of Cando, ND, hope people save some of their Valentine's Day love for their home. town.

The Impact-Cando Connection Fund has raised around $50,000 for nearly a dozen groups in Cando since 2008.

"The fire hall, the ambulance, the North Star Public School, the Towner County Medical Center. There's been the Cando Gold Club, the hockey and baseball association," fund organizer R.J. Miller said.

They're making another big push today through Giving Hearts Day, sponsored by the Dakota Medical Foundation. It's a 24-hour long online fundraising event during which the foundation matches contributions to participating charities. Miller says charity is part of the spirit of the town.

"This is a town where everybody helps each other. Everybody cares about each other, and we kind of stick out for each other," Miller said.

That spirit shines brightly in 16-year-old Hannah Alto. The High School sophomore is raising money to create reading rooms and buy new shelves for the Cando Library.

She says 30 people have donated $2,700 for her cause. Now that will become $5,400.

"I'm really proud that they actually came together and helped me out. I had been surprised by how willing they had been to help this project out, and I'm really appreciative of the community," Alto said.

Alto says generosity like that is fitting for Valentine's Day.

"Yes it's not just about who you love, it's about helping others and doing the right thing," Alto said.

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