BISMARCK, ND — Members of the University of Mary Physical Plant and students representing Marauders athletic teams donated and delivered over 70 sets of linens, pillows, sheets, mattress pads and other bedding materials to the United Way Emergency Homeless Shelter at Sunrise today.

University of Mary Students, coaches and staff help with the delivery of bed supply donations to United Way Emergency Homeless Shelter at Sunrise in Bismarck

“Once it was determined that the University of Mary had a surplus of bedding, Physical Plant staff and the Department of Athletics came together to find the perfect place to donate these items,” said Kevin Becker, director of development with University of Mary Athletics. “The University of Mary is not only a big supporter of the United Way, but we’re always looking for ways to serve others, make Bismarck-Mandan better, and build community. In light of the impending storm this weekend we wanted to make sure they got these items delivered immediately. So, we’re extremely honored to help in this small way and make this contribution to those in need.”

The United Way Emergency Homeless Shelter at Sunrise has been the new home for those who don’t have a place to sleep since March 1, once the Ruth Meiers building closed in October. The Missouri Slope Area United Way took the lead in finding the new shelter on 3rd Street in downtown Bismarck and is always in need of donations and supplies.

MSA United Way Director Jena Gullo says the shelter is almost all run on donations. So, donations from community partners like the University of Mary are a blessing and a must for the operation of a shelter such as this.

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