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Pay It Forward October 09, 2020

Pay It Forward Donation Helps Newborn Recover after Heart Surgery

Pay It Forward Donation Helps Newborn Recover after Heart Surgery

Born with transposed arteries and holes in her heart, baby Lainey was immediately life-flighted after birth. As bills from the infant’s surgeries mounted, the community took notice, and one Bell employee offered additional hope for the journey ahead.

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Pay It Forward October 05, 2020

Wohlers Walkway Provides Safety for Pedestrians After Tragedy

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When a tragic hit-and-run accident lead to one young man’s death, his friends banded together to create a solution that would prevent others from experiencing the same pain. As the news rippled across Wahpeton, N.D., teller Kathy Olson and other Bell employees pooled money together for the cause.

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Pay It Forward September 22, 2020

How a New Organization Is Helping Those in Crisis

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When Evert Van Engelenhoven learned the Fargo-Moorhead area didn’t have an organization dedicated to providing furniture for people who have gone through a crisis, he started one. And Bell Bank’s Paul Fleming readily joined the cause.

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Pay It Forward July 20, 2020

Hats Off to Hawkeye: How One Family Gave Back to a Special Mascot

Hawkeye Pay It Forward

A fan favorite, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks mascot, Hawkeye, brings joy and laughter to thousands of kids in the ballpark each summer. So when one Bell employee discovered the story of the man behind the costume, she knew she needed to pay it forward.

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Pay It Forward July 20, 2020

Child’s Question Ignites Movement to Help Homeless

Hope Packed From The Heart

After he and his family encountered a homeless man, commercial lender Aaron Cooper was inspired by his young son to do more. A child’s simple question led to the creation of a program to help feed the homeless.

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Pay It Forward June 22, 2020

Bell Lender Coordinates Donations to Hundreds of Displaced Families

Bell Lender Coordinates Donations to Hundreds of Displaced Families

Some days, the emotions become too raw. When that happens, Alex Nelson takes a break. She catches up on her work – extremely busy these days – as a Bell Bank Mortgage lender officed in the Twin Cities suburb of Lilydale, Minn. She goes for a walk. She makes time to enjoy the vivid colors of her flower garden.

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Pay It Forward June 03, 2020

From Photographs to Face Masks

Stitching from the heart K Thompson

Kirsten Thompson did not despair when the COVID-19 pandemic brought her business to a standstill. Instead, she changed focus, spending time in front of her sewing machine instead of behind her camera.

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Pay It Forward April 16, 2020

Pay It Forward Funds Help Nonprofit Shift Focus During Pandemic

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When social distancing recommendations and shelter in place requirements brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic forced Inspire Innovation Lab in Moorhead to shut its doors to business as usual – and cost the lab an operations grant – Bell employees used Pay It Forward funds to help.

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Pay It Forward April 15, 2020

Chance Encounter Leads to Life-Saving Opportunity

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Bell Bank Employee Donates Bone Marrow to Help Save Stranger’s Life

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Pay It Forward April 08, 2020

Finding Beauty in Tragedy

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Family Finds Ways to Live Fully After 2 Kids Diagnosed with Terminal Disease

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