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Souris Valley United Way receiving Magic City Blessing Bank

MINOT, ND (KMOT) – A local non-profit organization called Magic City Blessings Bank will officially turn over its leadership to Souris Valley United Way in July.

Volunteers from Calix go back and forth to stock and organize the personal care items people have ordered.

David Norwood, one of the volunteers, said he has been doing this every Friday morning for more than a year.

“Some Fridays it’s 50 bags and some 70 and some 80,” Norwood said.

On this day, Joshua Stirach, another volunteer, said they filled 82 bags, slightly more than usual.

“It’s an easy job,” Stireich said.

Chuck Kranz founded the Magic City Blessing Bank in 2019 with financial support from Junior Golf, grants, businesses and churches. He said he would help with the transition.

“I live in Powers Lake, North Dakota now and it’s hard to manage day to day,” Kranz said.

This bank prioritizes the collection of personal care items. Norwood said they usually take about one to two hours to process all orders.

“Helping people who can’t go out and buy these things in stores,” Norwood said.

Christy Miller, executive director of Souris Valley United Way, said the small interactions of people who come for Monday’s adoption mean a lot to the organization.

“When Chuck approached us about taking over the program, it was a no-brainer. We needed this program to continue. Customers need this service,” Miller said.

Looking forward to maintaining this much needed service in the Magic City for years to come.

Miller said one thing that will change is the phone number for orders and they will contact customers.

If you would like to donate or place an order, stop by or drop by their building Souris Valley United Way website.

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