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Pay It Forward

Bell Bank Employees Give School Supplies Surprise

Three Bell Bank employees pooled their Pay It Forward funds to surprise people in the Fargo-Moorhead community with gift cards to be used for school supplies.

“You don’t really know the need that surrounds you, because you get trapped in your own little bubble of your own everyday life, but the need is right next to you.” – Jordan Young

Bell Employees

Carly Falk 

Carly Falk

Tawnie Solem 

Tawnie Soem

Jordan Young 

Jordan Young


Students and their parents throughout Fargo-Moorhead

The Need

It can be a struggle for some parents to pay for their kids’ school supplies. In August, KVRR news interviewed Becky Walen, a senior wealth management advisor at Bell, about the rising cost of raising a child. It was that interview that inspired Jordan Young, Bell virtual bank service supervisor and Tawnie Solem and Carly Falk, both Bell virtual bank service consultants, to pool their Pay It Forward funds to help parents throughout Fargo-Moorhead with the cost of school supplies.

The Impact

The team passed out 260 Bell Bank gift cards worth $25 each along with a note that said, “At Bell Bank, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve. Take these supplies, turn them into something extraordinary, and Pay It Forward!”

In addition to leaving gift cards for children living at the YWCA in Fargo and donating cards directly to students at Hawthorne Elementary and Madison Elementary, the team also hid cards in backpacks, shoe boxes and other school supplies in local stores. And they gave cards directly to people they saw shopping for school clothes and supplies.

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