Community Service

Combining Flapjacks and Fun: Fargo Kiwanis Hold Annual Pancake Feed

The Kiwanis have raised more than $750,000 over the years for local nonprofits

FARGO, N.D. — Thousands of people soaked up some flapjacks and maple syrup at the metro’s largest pancake party. At the 61st annual Fargo Kiwanis Pancake Karnival, people could fill up their plates with all the buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes they could eat. The festival has helped Fargo Kiwanis raise more than $750,000 to support nonprofits across the metro. Organizers say…

Dine and Donate: Five Guys Lends a Helping Hand to Local Boys and Girls Club

20% of each purchase helps the club feed several kids each day

FARGO, N.D. — Local Five Guys locations helped the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley raise money to assist more kids across the metro. As part of their fundraising series, Five Guys donated 20% of every purchase to the club. Brent Brandt, the Resource and Development Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley,…

Golden Drive Homeless Kids Ramps Up Its Support for YouthWorks during Holidays

Sue Baron donated five truck loads worth of goods to help children

FARGO, N.D. — Last week, Sue Baron, the founder of Golden Drive Homeless Kids, collected several items that could make the holidays special for several kids across the metro. Flash forward seven days, and the donations inside her fleet of trucks (five trunkloads of goods) can finally help others in need. “I can’t stress the gratitude that we hold for this…

Two Decades of Service: West Fargo Woman Teaches Kids to Help Others

Barb Sinner has volunteered with the Salvation Army for the last 24 years

FARGO, N.D. — There’s just something about ringing bells and seeing the smiles on her kids faces that fires up Barb Sinner to help others each holiday season. “It’s something that we look forward to. It’s something that the kids really look forward to. They were excited all day, and it’s pretty hard to have that wear off on you,” Sinner…

“Law Enforcement Day” Drums Up Volunteers to Support Salvation Army

Officers from the Fargo and Moorhead Police Departments were among the participants

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Police officers stood outside several stores across the metro ringing bells for the Salvation Army. The officers from various branches of law enforcement look to collect the most money in their competition against firefighters and realtors. Volunteers from the Moorhead Police Department stood outside Hornbacher’s on Main Avenue throughout the day. Some say the opportunity to help out…

Realtors Ring the Bells, Fill Up Kettles to Support Salvation Army

The realtors hoped to raise $40,000 in one day to help the Salvation Army

FARGO, N.D. — Realtors rang bells while encouraging people to donate to the Salvation Army. As part of their competition with the Fargo Fire and Police Departments, the realtors hoped to raise the most money to support the Kettle campaign. Their goal is to raise $40,000 in an effort to out–raise the first responders for the third straight year. Regardless of…

Pop-Up Cafe Looks to Fight Hunger in Metro before Thanksgiving

Heart-N-Soul Community Cafe has been bringing people together since 2016

FARGO, N.D. — When she started the Heart–N–Soul Community Cafe back in 2016, Leola Daul had two goals in mind: stopping hunger in the metro and building a sense of community with various groups of people. “When people sit down and have a meal together, it kind of breaks down barriers. We all like to eat and enjoy each other’s company,…

Longfellow Fifth Graders Donate Blankets to Dorothy Day Food Pantry

The students collected blankets and also made their own to give to those in need

FARGO, N.D. — Fifth graders at Longfellow Elementary donated blankets and other winter gear to the Dorothy Day Food Pantry in Moorhead. The students collected more than 100 blankets, and even made some of their own out of fleece. The project is part of how Longfellow Elementary is looking to expand service learning projects to all grades. One fifth grade teacher…

Salvation Army Plans to Raise $900,000 through Its Red Kettle Campaign

KVRR's Rob Kupec Helped Kickoff The Campaign

FARGO, N.D. — As winter nears, you might see a slew of red kettles popping up around the metro. The Salvation Army is planning to raise $900,000 this winter through its annual Kettle Campaign. Last year, the Salvation Army fell just short of its $900,000 goal, raising just over $850,000. In her first year leading the charge, Major Vangie O’Neil says…

Fargo Firefighters, Red Cross Volunteers Install Smoke Detectors in Homes

Fargo FD receives funding to host installation events each year

FARGO, N.D. — For many college students, one thing towards the bottom of their to–do lists is to make sure their smoke detectors are running properly. “I know it’s kind of challenging. I mean, I rent out a bunch of houses and stuff too, and me and my roommates probably have no clue how to install them and how to check…