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Bentleyville and Salvation Army Team Up to Help Families in Need During the Holidays

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: November 25, 2019 07:13 PM

Bentleyville has a mission to give back to those in need during the holiday season. Knowing how special holidays are and how some families can't afford Christmas gifts, Bentleyville and the Salvation Army work together to spread Christmas joy to them.

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Bentleyville is an official drop off location for donations of new toys and nonperishable food items. This is a mission Bentleyville is passionate about and is a partnership with the Salvation Army that has made a difference to families across the state.

“Bentleyville is probably the biggest Christmas celebration in the region. I think that's an undisputed fact,” said Gordon Mesedahl, the director of development for the Duluth Salvation Army.

The Tour of Lights goes the extra mile to spread that joy in big ways.

“We always hope that when people do come here, that they always remember to bring a nonperishable food item or new unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army, which is our big mission down here every day,” said Nathan Bentley, the founder of Bentleyville.

“The Salvation Army has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Nathan Bentley and Bentleyville for I want to say six or eight years now,” said Mesedahl.

They saw the great opportunity in making Bentleyville a drop-off location with the influx of people visiting throughout the month. Donations help give struggling families a special Christmas.

"Lasy year, close to 12,000 pounds of food and about 2,000 toys were donated by visitors to Bentleyville. Which benefited not only Duluth but also the Superior Salvation Army and Salvation Army's all over northern Minnesota,” said Mesedahl.

The donations are also distributed to families in Hibbing, International Falls, Cloquet, Virginia and Grand Rapids.

Mesedahl has personally seen the difference this makes to the families who benefit from this special holiday effort.

“You see all the smiles on the kids’ faces at Christmas time. It's just wonderful to see the community come together and share the season of giving with so many people," said Mesedahl.

People are encouraged to bring new toys and nonperishable food items when visiting Bentleyville. Several bins are located throughout Bentleyville to drop the donations off.

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Alejandra Palacios

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