It’s Minnesota’s largest day of giving. Now in its 11th year, Give to the Max Day has raised more than $170 million for more than 10,000 Minnesota-based causes.

Go to Givemn.org on Thursday, Nov. 14 and choose among the many non-profit organizations that can benefit from this 24-hour annual fundraiser. You can even schedule your donation prior to the 14th. This fundraiser is entirely online and you can donate with a credit or debit card. Each donation of $5 or more gives your non-profit the chance to win some of $100,000 in incentive prizes, including a $500 golden ticket drawn every 15 minutes starting at 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

Many gifts spread throughout the 24-hour event equal many different chances at golden ticket prizes. Several local organizations participating in Give to the Max Day will be also be accepting gifts of cash and checks (dated 11/14/19 with “Give to the Max” in the check memo), and these donations will count towards matching gift opportunities.

Lakes Crisis & Resource Center

Among those local organizations participating in Give to the Max Day this year is the Detroit Lakes-based Lakes Crisis & Resource Center (LCRC), which has once again received a generous match in the amount of $10,000 from BTD Manufacturing to support its programming, which includes an emergency shelter and assistance of victims of general and sexual assault crimes, as well as those affected by domestic violence. Donations for Give to the Max Day will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. this Thursday. BTD will match every donation received during this event, up to a total of $10,000.

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Last year’s match of $10,000 resulted in a very successful Give to the Max Day event for LCRC. The organizations are partnering again with the intention of creating successful online giving event. Visit hwww.givemn.org/organization/Lakes-Crisis-And-Resource-Center to support them this year.

Lakes Crisis & Resource Center is a nonprofit organization serving men, women, and children in Becker County and the surrounding communities. Programs include Advocacy Services (domestic violence, sexual assault, and general crime), Mental Health services, Children Services Program, Kinship, Positive Connections Parenting Time Center, and Mary’s Place.

BTD Manufacturing provides a complete spectrum of custom metalwork services to some of the world’s top brands. These services include metal fabrication, forming, welding, tool and die work, machining, powder coating, prototyping, laser cutting, robotic welding, stamping, cutting, tubing, CNC, EDM and much more.

Humane Society of the Lakes

Give to the Max Day is also an important fundraiser for the Humane Society of the Lakes (HSL). This year, due the generosity of the Billy Day Memorial Golf Tournament, PRO Resources, and anonymous donors, donations to HSL will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $3,500. Visit their page at: www.givemn.org/organization/hsofthelakes to make your contribution.

HSL is celebrating its 30th year of serving Becker County and the surrounding areas with a mission to provide services for abandoned, stray or unwanted animals while they await lifelong homes. It is their vision that all animals are cared for with dignity and respect. HSL can house up to 30 cats and 25 dogs at a time. So far in 2019, there have been 152 dogs and 174 cats successfully matched with adopters. HSL requires every adopted animal to be spayed or neutered, and most are altered before leaving the shelter through partnerships with the Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital and PAWWS in Fargo. Among the 367 stray animals taken in in 2018, 82% were not spayed or neutered. The shelter plays a significant role in reducing the number of unwanted litters in the lakes area.

HSL is committed to reducing the number of pets in our area that are lost and unable to be reunited with their families by providing microchipping services, which are available for cats and dogs in the community during business hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a one-time fee of $30 and staff will complete the registration for you. HSL is also proud to offer a “Book Buddies” program for youth to volunteer at the shelter to read to and socialize with cats and dogs awaiting adoption. The shelter also has a significant need for foster homes, particularly for cats. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is encouraged to apply through the website: humanesocietyofthelakes.org or call 218-847-0511. A volunteer orientation is held at the shelter, located at 19665 US Hwy 59 in Detroit Lakes the last Monday of the month at 6 p.m.

Becker County Food Pantry

The Becker County Food Pantry is excited to announce an opportunity to match all donations for Give to the Max Day up to $7,500, thanks to Midwest Bank, Essentia Health Detroit Lakes, and anonymous donors. Visit www.givemn.org/Becker-County-Food-Pantry for details. The Pantry will also be accepting checks and cash (designated for Give to the Max Day) for doubling through the matching fund.

The Food Pantry’s mission is to serve Becker County residents in need with programs that provide food, promote the value of nutrition, and connect clients to community resources to impact our client’s and community’s wellbeing. In 2018, 476,412 pounds of food were distributed to 16,428 cumulative individuals, many of them children and seniors. Demand has grown significantly in the last eight years; the number of individuals benefiting from the food pantry has doubled, however, availability of food and supplies has not keep up with demand.

This fall, the Pantry expanded opportunities for food assistance for those unable to access the regular hours of operation, Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 3 p.m., with appointment-based hours on the second Tuesday of every month from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations to the Pantry maximize impact for those most in need due to partnerships with North Country Food Bank, Central Market, Wal-Mart, and the USDA. Ground beef, canned foods, and vegetables are available to the Pantry (in limited quantities) for only 8 cents a pound.

November has proven a high-need month for Becker County residents. The Pantry served 83 families in one day last week, some with more than a dozen household members. The Pantry is always looking for volunteers to help with food pickup, sorting, and distribution. To learn more, visit their Facebook page or call 218-846-0142. The Becker County Food Pantry is located near the fairgrounds at 1308 Rossman Avenue.