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Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and its members are kicking off the 1st Annual Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive today, Sept. 1. The month-long drive will help collect winter clothing that will fill a vital need in many communities this winter.
“So many of our neighbors need help, and our members want to step up and show that they are still active in our state and are willing and caring members of our communities,” said Tessa Sandstrom, communications manager for the NDPC. “We are inviting and encouraging members of the community to join us in this effort and help make this winter clothing drive a success.”
The winter clothing drive will be collecting clean and new or gently used coats, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, boots and other winter apparel. All items will be donated to area charities to be distributed to those in need. In addition to collecting items, the NDPC will award $1,000 to the charity of choice to two companies – one with 50 or fewer employees and one with 51 or more employees – that collect the clothing items.
While the drive is centered in the state’s oil and gas producing counties, Sandstrom urges companies located in eastern North Dakota to also participate.
“Our members come from across the state and across the nation,” said Sandstrom. “The impacts are statewide, and we want our entire membership base throughout the state to show solidarity in our mission to help give back.”
To view the list of companies participating or to sign up, visit energyofnorthdakota.com/SpreadTheWarmth. To help spread the word about the winter clothing drive and its mission, use the hashtag #spreadthewarmth.
The Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive is the third joint event organized by the NDPC Community Outreach Committee, which was formed to work together to make a stronger positive impact in North Dakota communities. To learn more about the committee, its members, and outreach events and drives, visit energyofnorthdakota.com/in-the-community/.