My blog normally includes articles written by me or others I find on the Internet about foster care, thus the title of my blog.
However I am so proud of the youth here in my hometown community of Fargo, North Dakota/Moorhead, Minnasota that I just have to share this story beyond our area.
In the fall of 2007 a group of local high school seniors wanted to do something as a gift to their community. They wanted to collect non perishable foods and funds to be given to those less fortunate in our community. Each year since new seniors have continued the effort.
They did not think small but decided to issue a challenge to all the local schools.
Fargo has what we call the Fargodome. It is the site where North Dakota State University plays their home football games and where numerous big time stars have given concerts. The football floor contains 80,000 square feet.
The group decided their goal would be to fill the dome floor with food items. Thus began the FILL THE DOME PROJECT.
Since that first year (2007), though the foor did not get filled, they were able to raise over 60 tons of food and over $60,000 for their efforts for 2007/2008 combined.
This year the set their goals higher than what was reached in the first two years:
Goals for Fill the Dome 2009 include:
Collect 75 tons of food
Engage 7,500 volunteers
Fifty-eight local schools and a few outside the local community were involved in this year’s effort. Each school would have a square on the dome floor to fill with non-perishables.
There is also a square designated for the community as a whole participate by dropping off items on the designated date or to purchase a food bag from Hornbackers ( a local grocery store gain ) which would be collected and taken to the dome on the given date.
Yesterday was the culmination of the 2009 effort. Schools each had a scheduled time to brings the results of ther collection drives as well as the food bags purchased by members of the community.
Early this morning, after boxing, weighing, and placing all the food on a number of trucks for distribution the results were announced:
97.1 tons of food that came in and out of the Fargodome.
$96,000 (and counting)
2311 food bages were purchased by community members at Hornbachers (Yes I bought a couple)
Over 2,800 people who have signed their name, acknowledging hunger is an issue in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
The Fill the Dome Project not only exceeded their goals for 2009 by a wide margin but also exceeded the total of the two previous years combined.
The Great Plains Food Bank distributes food to local pantries and shelters. Of money raised, 30 percent goes to local groups and 70 percent goes to a mobile food pantry to help in rural western North Dakota.
These same youth, in many cases, helped save the Fargo/Moorhead area by filling and laying over 4 million sandbags this srping in the effort to save our area from flooding. Without their efforts our city would have definitely suffered severe lood damage.
These youth make me proud to live in Fargo and continues to give me faith in our next generation of leadership.
Hats off to ALL involved; many less fortunate will not go without in the months ahead!!
To date (2007-2009) Fill the Dome has raised over:
Over 156,000 tons of non perishable food items
I will be nominating this organization next year for CNN’S Heor of the Year!
Below are photos from the 2008 drive:
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