WEEK OF GIVING
December 5th – 9th, 2022
Picture hundreds of elves (volunteers) coming together for five days, to fill stockings (boxes) into Santa’s sleigh (your car). Our annual Week of Giving is a week-long event that has taken place at Bergseth Brothers since inception. December 5th – 9th, 2022 will be our 5th year that our partners at Bergseth’s will have hosted this grand event. It truly is our North Pole. The Bergseth Brothers’ facility serves as our staging ground for all the gifts and products purchased during the fundraising efforts at the Great North Pole Gala, Giving Hearts Day, and other Secret Santa’s throughout the year.
Through community partnerships and philanthropic community members, we were able to purchase over 100 assorted products from basic needs (products like deodorant, shampoo and toothbrushes) to quality winter gear (coats/snow pants/hats & gloves) to multiple food items and even included a few games for the kids like Mr. Potato Head & Uno. The Great Plains Food Bank is another community partner that helps us arrange close to 2 weeks’ worth of food to be delivered to our families.
Our non-profit is a volunteer-based community effort and extends from the Board of Directors to the Great North Pole Gala, to the Week of Giving. Other than our executive director, The Great North Pole is 100% volunteers. Hundreds of volunteers from the community package and deliver helpful holiday cheer. Our first year there were holiday boxes delivered to 286 families. It climbed quickly to 621 families in just one year. Our non-profit helped over 805 families, made up of 2,700 people in 2018. We are proud to announce in 2019 we lifted over 955 families in local communities in Cass and Clay counties. We are proud to say that because of you, in 2021 not one family was turned away!
This was only possible due to generous partners, an extremely giving community, and an army of elves (over 1,350 in 2021) that are enthusiastic about giving back to friends and neighbors that need a little help over the Christmas season.
We were blessed, in 2021 through the generosity of our donors during Giving Hearts Day, our annual gala, and our Secret Santas, we were still able to supply just under 4,000 local individuals in need with Helpful Holiday Boxes. It is truly heart moving how our communities continue to give during good and challenging times.