SVUW holds successful drive

More than 12,000 items were donated during the first annual Souris Valley United Way “Community Shower.” Souris Valley United Way initiated the drive as part of their commitment to improving the education, income and health of individuals in the Minot area.

“There is such a need for diapers, baby wipes and other personal care items,” said Patricia Smith, SVUW director. “It was wonderful to see the generous outpouring of support for the vulnerable young children in our community.”

The monthlong drive ended on June 20 with a collection event at Dakota Square Mall with volunteers from the United Way and Minot Young Professionals Network accepting donations. When everything was counted, 10,588 diapers, 284 packages of baby wipes and 2,130 personal care items had been donated. All of the items were sorted and delivered to the seven shelter programs and food pantries in the community.

“The need for diapers and personal care items isn’t always visible here in the community,” said Stacy Nordstrom from the Souris Valley United Way. “The businesses and organizations did a great job of getting the word out and making this a success.”