The Souris Valley United Way is hosting the annual Community Shower, collecting donations that will go to seven organizations in the area.
KX News went shopping with the United Way to see what they’re looking for and how it all helps.
“Babies need diapers,” said Jalisa Tinnes, outreach coordinator for the Souris Valley United Way. Parents can spend nearly a thousand dollars a year just on diapers.
Then there’s the need for wipes, food, and items to take care of the parents, too.
“We want to just help people get through and help people maintain their daily lives as easy as possible,” Tinnes said.
For example, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center provided more than 3,800 safe nights last year. Safe nights are counted by night per person, so if four people were in the shelter on one night, that’s four nights of safety.
More than 200 kids went through the children’s program last year, so items for both parent and child are always needed.
Community outreach specialist, Anna Schrader, said, “What are those things that you’d have in your own home that you do not have when you leave?”
Think of your day-to-day regimen. Shampoo .. conditioner .. toothpaste.. a hairbrush.
Tinnes said, “That helps send a family home with things that will help them get ready every morning to go to job interviews, work or school.”
Just about anything you’d need for yourself and for a child, you can donate to the Community Shower.
“When you see people who come into our shelter who are devastated, these are those items that give them security in knowing that they don’t have to worry about those things,” added Schrader, “so it’s huge that our community steps up and does this.”
Items will also go to the YWCA, the only women and children’s homeless shelter within 100 miles.
(Ashley Boyd/executive director, YWCA) “We see a lot of kids here and people maybe don’t realize that 30 percent of our clients tend to be children,” the YWCA’s executive director, Ashley Boyd, said.
Boyd said most kids are under the age of two, so the shelter always needs help to get moms back on their feet, which is just one way the Community Shower is a big help.
“The beauty of Minot nonprofits is we all work together, so even if you pick one that you love, that’s wonderful,” said Boyd. “Just giving to one helps all of them.”
The Community Shower will run through June 21st and the Souris Valley United Way makes it really easy to give by having 30 drop off locations all over town.
The shower will end with a one-day drop site on the 21st at the Dakota Square Mall.
Those are: Bremer Bank, Broadway Family Dentistry, Carpet Garage, Center for Family Medicine, Country Financial – Emily Grossman, CrossFit Minot (at ASK Fitness), Cummins Sales & Service, Dacotah Bank, First International Bank & Trust (3 locations), Gate City Bank (2 locations), iHeart Media, Market on 4th, Marketplace Foods (4 locations), Minot Nutrition Addiction, Premier Chiropractic, Ryan Family Dealerships (4 locations), Scheels, SOS Image, Souris Vally United Way, State Farm – Jessica Aardahl, Studio Styles with Karissa, Town & Country Credit Union, YMCA
Items needed: diapers, wipes, baby food, lotions, baby care items, formula, adult personal care items