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Bridges of Hope looking for help

Bridges of Hope launched a Fall Fundraising Campaign on Nov. 11 to support its work with Lakes area families this year. From now until the end of the year, the organization has a goal to raise $80,000 and the community has responded with just mor...

Bridges of Hope launched a Fall Fundraising Campaign on Nov. 11 to support its work with Lakes area families this year. From now until the end of the year, the organization has a goal to raise $80,000 and the community has responded with just more than $35,000 so far.

"This is a difficult time of year for families experiencing illness, unemployment or under-employment, homelessness, and many other challenges. We are also hearing from young adults trying to get established and elderly folks who are trying desperately to stay in their homes while still affording food and medicine," Jana Shogren, Bridges of Hope's executive director, said.

This time of the year, the organization is taking 10 to 20 new calls for help every day.

Making a gift to the organization will help to support households who face a variety of challenges, such as job loss, parenting struggles, domestic violence, mental illness, hunger, child care concerns, housing, and transportation.

Samantha and her family recently worked with Bridges after she hit rock bottom. While recovering from cancer, she lost her job, the family lost their home and they ended up homeless with three young kids, according to Bridges of Hope officials. After connecting

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with Bridges, she said, "Without Bridges there is no doubt I would have failed. Now I have the support and stability I need to focus on myself in order to be a good mom."

Every gift, no matter the size, can help a family like Samantha's, Bridges officials said.

Online gifts may be made at www.bridgesofhopemn.org or interested persons may text HOPE2 to 41444 to get started making a donation from a cellphone. Checks may also be mailed to P.O. Box 742, Brainerd, MN, 56401.

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