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Merry and Bright: Local business embraces the holiday spirit of giving to those in need

Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 7:09 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS3 Duluth) - Minnesota Marshmallow held a fundraiser Thursday to raise money for those impacted by the tornado that hit Kentucky on December 10th.

The local business sells gourmet, locally made marshmallows.

The fundraiser donated $7 for each $12 bag of marshmallows purchased.

They also had a monetary donation box.

In the first few hours, the small business had raised more than $350, not including monetary donations.

Owner Amy McMillan said she wanted to raise money for those impacted after seeing the destruction on TV.

“It was just heartbreaking to hear what all the families are going through and seeing the damage. That kind of just immediately set in for me, and if I can just give back even a little bit maybe that’ll help some families out down there,” she said.

The money raised goes toward Feeding America and the Barren River Volunteer Fire Department in Kentucky.

McMillan said she believes the tight knit Duluth community has a special ability to come together and support those in need.

“We have such a great community here in Duluth. I thought it’d be great to show what kind of support we can do from all the way up here in the Northland, and help out people that a lot of us probably haven’t met,” she said.

Dan Williams with the Northern Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross said they’ve also received an influx of donations from local community members to aid with efforts in Kentucky.

“It is heartwarming to see the response of people around efforts like this and around Christmas of course I think people feel it particularly in their heart,” said Williams.

Williams also admires the community kindness he’s seen in the Northland.

“Whether it’s the Greenwood Fire that we had up here this summer, or a disaster like this, it really is great to see someone walk in to our office with an envelope with a 10 dollar bill on it and say hey I’d like this to help the people that are impacted,” said Williams.

You can donate to those impacted by the Kentucky tornado through the Red Cross or another organization.

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