United Way drive collects nearly 8,500 items

The second annual Souris Valley United Way Community Shower received more than 8,460 donated items. Souris Valley United Way initiated the drive as part of their commitment to making a difference in the community.

“There is such a need for diapers, baby wipes and other personal care items,” said Patricia Smith, director of the Souris Valley United Way. “We really appreciate the generosity of the community for their support of children in need.”

“This year several businesses participated as drop-off locations.” said Danielle Rued, Souris Valley United Way. “They did a great job of getting the word out and making this a success.”

The month long drive ended on June 19 with a collection event at Dakota Square Mall with volunteers from Minot Young Professionals Network accepting donations. This year, donations included 7,736 diapers, 236 packages of baby wipes and 488 personal care items. All items were delivered to the three local food pantries and the four shelter programs in the community.