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Horn of Plenty

Horn of Plenty

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Hundreds of families will get a special surprise this holiday season thanks to a community-wide initiative.

Trinity Health raised funds to purchase hundreds of turkeys for families in the area.

Those turkeys will be included in the Horn of Plenty's 30th annual event of giving.

Kelli Volk was at the site today where there were plenty of holiday gifts to go around.

It's the season of giving...the Horn of Plenty is helping to provide plentiful holiday cheer to families in the area.

A program developed thirty years ago by KHRT is still going strong--keeping the tradition of giving alive.

(Roy Leavitt, Horn of Plenty Manager)"The program was developed to help out families who are going to be in need during the Christmas season."

The boxes are packed full with food and toys.

All of the items are donated to the Horn of Plenty.

Volunteers then pack the boxes according to the size of the family so that each household receives enough for food 1-2 weeks.

(Roy Leavitt, Horn of Plenty Manager)"The first number actually means how many people are in the family. So this one right here. A family of 5 will get an average of three full boxes of food, plus each child in the family will get three new toys per child. And so, you can see down here there's 7 families, 5 families, 4, and it's just packed appropriately per family."

The program also ensures over 600 children will have something special to unwrap this season.

(Roy Leavitt, Horn of Plenty Manager)Each year, we've been trying to give them 2-3 brand new toys as part of the program. This year we've been able to provide 3 toys for every child in the horn of plenty and this year we're looking at about 6...a little over 600 children in the horn of plenty."

The goal is to reach families across a vast area.

The Horn of Plenty's route for giving stretches for miles.

(Roy Leavitt, Horn of Plenty Manager)"We try to cover about a 100 mile radius around Minot.

The Horn of Plenty is rooted in reaching out to others.

A helping hand must be involved behind the scenes in order for the families to receive the baskets.

(Roy Leavitt, Horn of Plenty Manager)"The unique part about horn of plenty is you can't actually submit your own name. The majority of the people receiving help from the horn of plenty are because someone in the community saw their need.

After the community recognizes the need, the Horn of Plenty takes care of the rest--making the holidays plentiful with hope.

In Minot, Kelli Volk, KX News.

The boxes are either delivered directly to the home or they're delivered to local churches for pickup.

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