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Bridges of Hope served Thanksgiving meals to 370 homes

Posted: December 17, 2013 - 11:34am

Bridges of Hope served Thanksgiving meals to 370 households

Bridges of Hope officials announced recently they served Thanksgiving meals to about 370 households, thanks to community generosity

According to a news release from the organization fall is the busiest time of year at Bridges of Hope, whose mission is to build bridges between families and those that can help. The organization anticipates assisting over 2,700 households in Crow Wing County and surrounding communities by year-end; connecting them with resources to help them through a crisis.

One way the organization serves the community is by coordinating a Thanksgiving meal program. This year, Bridges of Hope anticipated serving around 280 households with Thanksgiving meals. However, more than 370 households stepped forward and asked for a helping hand at Thanksgiving. This community answered with its usual generosity, Bridges of Hope officials said, and every household received a Thanksgiving meal thanks to the 76 families and individuals, 14 churches, 11 businesses, and 12 service clubs and agencies that shopped for, packed up and delivered meals.

This is the sixth year the organization has coordinated the program and the goal is to serve those in need while streamlining and coordinating with other agencies offering similar meal programs in order to reduce duplication. To that end, last year, an arrangement was made for Bridges to take a lead on Thanksgiving while the Salvation Army focused on Christmas.

Bridges of Hope is also calling attention to its 60K in 60 Days Fundraising Campaign for those still making their year-end giving decisions. In order to serve all the households who will call during this holiday season, the organization must raise the remaining $17,000 of their $60,000 goal by Dec. 31. Your generosity can make a difference for families in our community and a gift of just $150 serves a household at Bridges of Hope.

To make a gift to Bridges of Hope this year, interested persons may donate online through the website (www.bridgesofhopemn.org) or mail gifts to Bridges of Hope, PO Box 742, Brainerd, MN 56401.

Bridges of Hope has been serving the Lakes Area since 2002.