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Give to the Max Day is Thursday, Nov. 17

Many local organizations are participating in this year's Give to the Max Day.

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Many area non-profit organizations are hoping donors will help them by participating in the annual Give to the Max Day, set for Thursday, Nov. 19.

The campaign raised more than $190 million for roughly 10,000 Minnesota-based charitable causes in its first 11 years, according to information from the website, givemn.org.

This fundraiser is entirely online for 24 hours for thousands of nonprofits and schools in the state. In addition, some nonprofits receive matching gifts from local businesses and organizations that can double, or even triple the amount of each individual donation.

Many local organizations are participating in this year's Give to the Max Day.

Organizations serving the needs of the community in Park Rapids include the Family Safety Network, Headwaters Animal Shelter, Support Within Reach and Pregnancy Resource Center of the Park Rapids Area.

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Arts and other community organizations participating include the Armory and Events Center, Park Rapids Classic Chorale, Hubbard County Historical Society and Museum, Nemeth Art Center, Northern Light Opera Company, Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club, Park Rapids Area Library, All Veterans Memorial, Park Rapids Senior Citizens Club, Park Rapids Rotary Foundation, Antique Tractor and Engine Club, Park Rapids Community Chorale, Kinship of the Park Rapids Area, Heartland Arts, Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area, Park Rapids Firemen's Relief Association Park Rapids Schools and a number of groups within the school.

Akeley and Nevis organizations listed include the ARCC Emergency Shelter, Akeley/Nevis Food Shelf, Akeley Veterans and Community Outreach, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Akeley Bible Fellowship, Nevis Senior Citizens, Nevis Pam Lindow Scholarship Foundation, Nevis School and Nevis Baseball Booster Club.

In Menahga, the emergency response team, senior citizens, historical society and schools are participating, while in Laporte the school and Take a Kid Fishing organization are on the list.

Several area churches in the region are also participating.

A complete list of organizations can be found by searching by any town in the state at givemn.org.

Give to the Max Day was created in 2009 to launch GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by the Minnesota Community Foundation and other organizations committed to making the state a better place. According to GiveMN, that initial spark touched off an outpouring of generosity – $14 million in 24 hours. Since then, Give to the Max Day has become an annual tradition.

Interested donors can visit GiveMN.org to find a cause and learn more. Charitable donations are made with a debit or credit card. The minimum donation is $10. There is no maximum.

GiveMN is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. GiveMN is supported by many generous foundation and corporate partners as well as contributions from individual Minnesotans.

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