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Thrivent Financial and Lutheran churches raise money for FoodShare

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Lutheran congregations statewide, together with Minnesota FoodShare, generated more than $814,000 for Minnesota food shelves during a special Thanksgiving appeal running from Nov. 27 through Dec. 12, 2008.

The total surpassed the campaign goal by nearly $500,000.

Thrivent Financial created a financial incentive to give, providing $1 for every $3 raised for the campaign, up to a total donation of $80,000.

Campaign donations exceeded expectations as $725,527 was provided to the food shelves from congregations and individuals, and Thrivent Financial provided an additional $89,358 through the organization's Care in Regions program.