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Today is Giving Hearts Day

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Today is a big day!

It's the eighth annual Giving Hearts Day!

You can go to ImpactGiveBack.Org and donate to your favorite local charity.

Dakota Medical Foundation and community donors will match every $10 or more donations.

Nearly 300 groups are participating, including Fargo's Emergency Food Pantry.

They say it's a great day to raise awareness about their work.

Last year the pantry fed more than 47,000 people-- a 58 percent increase from last year.

Executive Director Pat Claus is even fasting for 48 hours to show the importance of this day.

“But I don't know how many people know what it is not to eat for a day, or two days,” Claus said. “So to bring attention to that and the mission we have here at the pantry, I decided that I would periodically do this as just a way to express why we're here and what we do.”

Claus says any money raised is appreciated.

Ideally, Claus says it would be nice to raise a chunk of money to go to paying electric, insurance and gas bills.

Jordee Kalk

Jordee Kalk is a reporter and First News Saturday producer for WDAY. From graduating high school in Bismarck, to college at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, she's thrilled to be in FM region! When she's not out covering the news, you'll probably find her drinking coffee and hanging out with her puppy, Frankie Lynn! Have a news tip, just give her a shout! 

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