Holiday Blood Drive: One West Fargo Couple’s Story About Giving and Receiving

As a constant supporter and right hand, Tim decided he has more than enough blood and platelets to help others

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Medical experts say blood donations are in higher demand during the holiday season and one man is doing his part to make a difference. Donating blood two to three times a year was routine for Tim Mehl. “But in 2013 it became more personal…we spent a lot of time in the hospital befriending people that had…

Golden Drive’s Christmas Gift Event Gives Families Basic Necessities and Gifts

Families get to go leave with everything from hygiene products to toys

WEST FARGO, N.D. — The holiday season is a time for gifts, and the Golden Drive’s Christmas Gift Event is helping those who are less fortunate. Hundreds of families get to leave with bags full of basic necessities and toys just in time for the holidays. “These children are not only our future, but our greatest asset, but yet, our most…

PetSmart Donates 2,600 Stuffed Animals to Sanford Children’s Hospital

They've been collecting donations since November

FARGO, N.D. — Kids will have something fluffy to hold onto when they go to the hospital. PetSmart donated more than 2,600 stuffed animals to Sanford. They’ve been collecting donations since November. This is the fourth year for the toy drive. The stuffed animals will be given out in the hospital and clinics at everything from checkups to emergencies to make…

Culver’s Donates Hundreds of Gifts to Golden Drive Homeless Kids for Holidays

During its first year, Culvers collected enough gifts to fill their counter top

FARGO, N.D. — Golden Drive Homeless Kids is packing up boxes full of Christmas goodies for families in need. They spent the day driving around town picking up donations but started the day off at Culvers and a mountain of donations. A number of local businesses collect gifts each year for the homeless. During its first year, Culvers collected enough…

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Celebrates Newly Renovated Thrift Store

The store was remodeled over the last 10 months

FARGO, N.D. — Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Store on 32nd Avenue South in Fargo has a new look after being remodeled over the last 10 months. They held a ribbon–cutting ceremony to celebrate, and they also joined the Chamber of Commerce. The expansion increases the floor space by 1,500 square feet, and there are more checkout counters and warehouse…

Healing Touch Chiropractic Helps Family After Tragedy

Suggested donations include money and gift cards

WEST FARGO, N.D. — One chiropractic office in is giving back to the community by helping a family in need. Dr. Tiffany Johnson says every year, they pick a family that’s going through sickness or tragedy. This year, they’re helping the Radtke family, which recently lost their husband and father in an accident. The program will put together a care package…

Friendly Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry Has a Solution for Your Excess Halloween Candy

Donated candy will be sent to troops and first responders

FARGO, N.D. — If you’ve got piles of candy from Halloween night, you can spare some cavities and put it towards a good cause. Friendly Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry is doing a candy buyback that helps our heroes. All donated candy goes towards Operation Gratitude, which sends treats to troops and first responders. “We could get candy away from the kids, so…

Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” Helps Families Bundle Up for Winter

Thousands of coats are being distributed to hundreds of families

FARGO, N.D. — Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” event is keeping the community warm as temperatures drop. About two thousand coats are being given to hundreds of families. “It’s really busy on Saturday mornings. People come in happy and they just love being here, and they’re very cooperative. They just need a warm coat. They come in with sweatshirts or…

United Blood Services Is Now Known As Vitalant

It will be a unified brand for 127 donation centers nationwide

FARGO, N.D. — United Blood Services is getting a new name: Vitalant. It will be a unified brand for 127 donation centers nationwide. Vitalant will maintain the same community-based staff in every donation center. The centers and 30,000 mobile blood drives welcome more than 780,000 donors who supply 1.8 million donations per year. The national headquarters is based in Scottsdale, Arizona….

“My Disease Won’t Stop Me From Living”: People Take Steps Towards a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

There was a feeling of power, strength and motivation at the annual JDRF walk at Scheels Arena

WEST FARGO, N.D. — For the fifth year, people are gathering at Scheels Arena to fight for a world without type 1 diabetes. TJ and I (Alison Voorhees) had the opportunity to emcee the event and hear from those whose lives have made a 360 because of the disease. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen captured the walk and tells us how they…