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Giving Tuesday: St. Cloud Non-Profit Seeks To Provide For Foster Children

Free Backpacks Are Distributed To Needy Students Ahead Of New School Year
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ST. CLOUD —┬áProviding less-fortunate children with a ray of hope for their future is the mission of a local non-profit.

Pockets of Hope, started in 2014 by a small group of parents, is dedicated to providing backpacks filled with items like socks, books, and blankets.

Jen Bruzek is a co-founder of Pockets of Hope, she says the idea for the organization came to her while she was working for Stearns County.

“I worked for Stearns County in the child protections area, and we realized there weren’t any programs like this in our area.”

Brianna Sjodin, one of the other co-founders of Pockets of Hope, says for right now the group is focused on community outreach.

“Right now we’re more just trying to get it out there, trying to make sure people are aware of us. We’ve been around for a couple of years, but there’s this big hole of people who don’t know we exist, so right now it’s about community awareness.”

Part of that community awareness they hope will come from their 3rd annual fundraiser. Set for Sunday, April 30th at the Blue Line in Sartell.

From 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. a portion of sales at the Blue Line will go directly to Pockets of Hope.

They will also have a variety of baskets for you to bid on in a silent auction.

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