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Published June 28, 2011, 08:15 PM

Grand Forks Businesses Collecting Donations For Minot

Thousands of people had to leave their homes and many of their belongings behind in Minot, and now they need your help. Now there is an effort in Grand Forks to collect donations. The Grand Forks International Airport has teamed up with several local businesses to help "Raise Minot".

Thousands of people had to leave their homes and many of their belongings behind in Minot, and now they need your help.

Now there is an effort in Grand Forks to collect donations.

The Grand Forks International Airport has teamed up with several local businesses to help "Raise Minot".

"Water, we've seen some toys." Grand Forks Avis Rent-A-Car Manager Sheri Storbakken said.

"Diapers, water, gatorade." GFK Executive Director Patrick Dame said.

"Clothes, we've seen food and just the basic supplies like that. Anything is good." Rydell Auto Center General Manager Brian Rydell said.

Each item donated means a little more help for Minot residents.

"With all the displaced people, and what they're going through right now, we were hoping to do a little bit of something to give back to them and to help them in any way possible." Dame said.

The Grand Forks International Airport has partnered with businesses like Abra Auto Body, Rydell Auto, and Crookston Motors which are donation drop off points.

Other partners include Grand Forks Flight Support, Avis, Hertz, Alamo and National Car Rental Companies, Fed Ex and Crosswinds. Businesses have already seen a few donations since Saturday.

"It's just starting to pick up now, we're starting to realize that the word is out and hopefully we're going to start getting a lot more." Storbakken said.

Organizers were happy so many businesses were ready to step up.

"It's a heartbreaking experience they're going through and we kind of went through that in 1997 here in Grand Forks. So it's good to be able to contribute back to those going through a tough situation like we did." rydell said.

"When you're in a situation such as what they're going through, it really means a lot when people help." Storbakken said.

"We really felt that Grand Forks was a great area to start an initiative like this because people know and understand the need." Dame said.

As of now, items will be collected through July 9th which may be extended if the need is there.

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