The spirit of giving back to the community

A small crowd gathered at Scheels in Dakota Square Mall on Thursday morning, but it wasn’t to complete any last-minute Christmas shopping. It was the annual “Year End Day of Giving” where Scheels gives back to the community. More than $140,000 was donated to 45-plus area organizations.

Organizations receiving donations included food pantries at All Saints Episcopal Church (Alice’s Kitchen), Christ Lutheran Church, Congregational United Church of Christ, Faith United Methodist Church, First Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, Immanuel Baptist Church, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

Non-profit organizations receiving donations included Boy Scouts of America- Northern Lights Council, Catholic Charities, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Dollars for Scholars, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Dream Catchers, Girl Scouts- Dakota Horizons, Gymagic Gymnastics, Junior Achievement, Lure ‘Em for Life, Magic City Figure Skating Club, Minot Commission on Aging, Minot Headstart, Minot Hockey Boosters, Minot Area Homeless Coalition, Minot Park District (Corbett Field), Minot Public Library, Minot Rifle and Pistol Club, Minot Rural Fire Department, Minot Soccer Association, Minot Swim Club, North Dakota Game and Fish, North Central Rehab Services, PATH, Roosevelt Park Zoo, RSVP, Second Story, Ward County 4-H, Ward County Historical Society, Youth for Christ, the YWCA, Kalix (Minot Vocational Workshop), Project Night Light, Mops, Rehab Services, and Souris Valley United Way.

Aaron Schmitz, store leader for Scheels, said the store does the Year End Day of Giving because they like to remember where they are as an organization and give back as much as possible. It’s also an opportunity for the store to give back for all of the work that the organizations do throughout the year, he added.

The money given to the organizations all comes from the store, Schmitz said, money that is set aside from store funds. Scheels has been doing this for a long time, he added.

The biggest donations went to the Dream Catchers to help build their new field and also to Souris Valley United Way.

“Giving makes us feel great and puts a smile on their face,” Schmitz said about how it felt to be the organization that helped a large number of groups this holiday season.