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KINDNESS OF STRANGERS: Amidon organization donates over 1 ton of food, items to S.D. families

Southwest North Dakota knows what generosity is all about.

PHOTO BY BRYCE MARTIN/PIONEER
PHOTO BY BRYCE MARTIN/PIONEER
PHOTO BY BRYCE MARTIN/PIONEER
PHOTO BY BRYCE MARTIN/PIONEER
PHOTO BY BRYCE MARTIN/PIONEER Volunteers from around southwest North Dakota lent their time and some elbow grease to put together over 200 boxes for families affected by the S.D. storm in October.
PHOTO BY BRYCE MARTIN/PIONEER
Volunteers from around southwest North Dakota lent their time and some elbow grease to put together over 200 boxes for families affected by the S.D. storm in October.

Posted Nov. 22, 2013

Amidon organization donates over 1 ton of food, items to S.D. families

By BRYCE MARTIN

Pioneer Editor 

Southwest North Dakota knows what generosity is all about.

In the wake of the devastating winter storm Oct. 4 that was responsible for wiping out many South Dakota farmers’ cattle, a large group of concerned North Dakota citizens has stepped up to assist them in their time of crisis.

Over 200 people helped in many capacities to put together a widespread donation project, spearheaded by the Prairie Senior Citizens of Amidon. Over 200 boxes of items were put together to be donated to 55 families in South Dakota affected by the storm.

Each family will receive four boxes, put together over four days.

Over one ton of food was donated and gathered for the first 55 boxes, which were put together Nov. 17 in Amidon.

The second box was put together Wednesday by area youth, the third, packed with homemade pies, pickles, jelly, bread and more was done Thursday and the fourth box will be picked up out of SuperValu in Scranton, along with a sack of potatoes.

Drivers from as far away as New England and south of Rhame will donate their time and vehicles Friday to transport the boxes to the families in South Dakota.

“It’s a huge undertaking,” said Linda Narum of the Prairie Senior Citizens.

Donations poured in from around the state, with volunteers and large donations coming from an area encompassing Beach and Golva to Belfield and Mott and Hettinger.

With Thanksgiving next week, the donated boxes will feature a Thanksgiving Day card to wish the family seasonings greetings.

The families were identified and asked if they would like to receive such boxes, Narum said.

“It was a process … that was done in South Dakota by South Dakota organizations and by people that individually knew them,” she said.

All donations are done confidentially, so the people organizing the donations will never know the families’ names.

“We treat every family identical,” she said. “Everybody got the same thing in their 55 boxes.

“Everything we received is being used, there’s no overhead and that was important to all of us.”