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Giving Hearts Day

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Valentine's Day is tomorrow - but today is the day you're asked to give your heart to something special.

The 6th Annual Giving Hearts Day is going on right now.

It's an effort to collect online donations for local charities - with the help of local businesses and workers.

All day today - right now - you are encouraged to go to this website - www.ImpactGiveBack.org - and make a donation to any of several local charities.

Giving Hearts Day includes charitable groups in western Minnesota and across North Dakota.

In the Minot area, eight non-profits are hoping to get a boost from this day of online giving.

Bonnie Campo reports.

(Bonnie Carrera, Dakota Help Clinic) "I'm with Dakota help clinic. We're a pregnancy resource center here in town, and we are here at Badland's raising funds for the 24-hour giving campaign: Giving Hearts Day, through giveimpact.org. And, we are here with a couple of volunteers to help those who need assistance putting online donations in."

Carrera said the money donated to her group will go to establishing their new facility in Minot. But the non-profits aren't the only one's receiving money today. Three youth won cash prizes for their involvement and promotion of Giving Hearts Day.

(Bonnie Carrera, Dakota Help Clinic) "This afternoon at three we will be doing a presentation for the first and second place video competition award winners for our Giving Hearts Day competition, and we have two young people that put in videos that ended up winning on Facebook.

The competition was open to sixth through twelfth grade. First place won a cash prize of five hundred dollars.

(Conner Dyke, Miranda Dyke, First Place Winners) "We did our video at our kitchen table and we were trying to make it look like we were having a casual conversation over supper, and getting some information with it, and that's basically what we did. I'm going to get headphones. I'm going to pay off my prom dress."

Other non-profits include Hostfest-Heritage, Minot Public Schools, Council of Arts, Domestic Violence and Crisis, Kalix, the YMCA and Trinity Health. So far less than 50,000 dollars has been raised, but for the rest of the day donations made by 1 a.m. central time will be doubled. For KXnews I'm Bonnie Campo.

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