Meet Our Hosts of the Great Give Back Challenge

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We Can Give Back MonthImagine this scenario.  It’s Thanksgiving morning, and you are busy getting ready. You are in up to your elbows in mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie filling.

What are some ways to get your hearts ready to give thanks?

The Hosts of the Great Give Back Challenge are excited to help you get your hearts ready for the upcoming holidays! If you haven’t been able to participate in the GGBC of 2015, here are some options for the week of Thanksgiving.

Just Added!  BeARTrageous is inviting you into their studio for some amazing We Can Give Back Projects.


  • BeARTrageous
    • Wednesday, November 11th 6:30-8pm
      Holiday Card Making workshop with beARTrageous to benefit Foster Art. Come on into the studio and create holiday cards with different mediums to be printed into sets of Holiday cards. A portion of the proceeds from the card sales will benefit kids in foster care.

Address: 2121 W. 21st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405 612-423-7554






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Join other Twin Cities families at a one of a kind bakery located in North Minneapolis. Included in the Event
-Introduction to Cookie Cart
-Tour of our bakery
-Cookie Decorating

Address:  1119 West Broadway Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55411

Reserve your spot HERE!

It’s DGT’s National Family Volunteer Day Family Service Fair.  Families come together at the Midtown Global Market to do some hands-on service projects!  We are very excited to partner with Doing Good Together.  Join us to drop in whenever you are able to to make a difference with organizations like Volunteer America and  Bundles of Love.  There will be live entertainment as well.

Address:  920 East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN, 55407

Click here for more information!

Take some time out at the Minnesota Tranportation Museum to make a card for a kiddo who is in the hospital.  Include finger puppets or a crown or confetti.  It’s not fun to be in the hospital, and we can help make someone’s day a little happier!

Address:  193 Pennsylvania Ave. E. St. Paul, MN. 55130


Toylend USA is holding a coat drive for The Salvation Army Coats for Kids  program. In addition to being an online toys and baby gear rental service, we want to make sure children’s basic needs are taken care of, especially  for those who are in need. Please considering supporting Toylend USA’s  charitable efforts.
Click here for more information about Toylend.

How to make a donation?

Step One
You pledge to donate new or gently-used coats and winter accessories by emailing us at You can use “Coats for Kids” in the  subject line.

Step Two
Toylend USA will send an employee to collect your donations on Saturday, November 21 & Sunday, November 22. You don’t need to be at home. You can leave your donations at your front door. We will leave you a small gift from Toylend USA.

Thank you for supporting Toylend USA’s charitable efforts.

About Coats for Kids
The Salvation Army Coats for Kids program has been keeping Twin Cities children warm for 30 years. In that time, donors have given nearly 325,000 coats and winter accessories to local families in need. Learn more at

About Twin Cities Salvation Army
The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves more than 218,000 people a year through its local centers of operation, including 15 housing and shelter facilities and eight food shelves. It serves nearly 1,400 hot meals each day and shelters more than 1,000 people every night. Read more at

CIDNA ART MART Holiday Sale & Social Come shop from  local artists for the holidays and support our community. Cider & Cookies will be served and a chance to win some door prizes. There will be a beARTrageous Creation Station and any studio memberships or holiday gift sets purchased will have a portion of the proceeds benefit The Salvage Project.

Address: Jones-Harrison Residence Assisted Living at 3700 Cedar Lake Ave, Minneapolis, MN 612-920-2030

Anyone over the age of 5 can pack food for hungry kids with Feed My Starving Children. Sign up to pack food with FFTC at the Coon Rapids location.

Address401 93rd Avenue NW Coon Rapids, MN 55433

We only have 25 spots, so act quickly.  Sign your family up using this link.  There is also an adult-to-child ratio.

  • Grade 10-12: 5 students to 1 adult
  • Grade 7-9: 4 students to 1 adult
  • Grade 3-6: 3 students to 1 adult
  • Grade K-2: 1 student to 1 adult

If you have little ones younger than 5, let me know ASAP so I can make child care arrangements at the Packing Site!

Activity:  We will be making “breakfast bags” for Ronald McDonald House Upper Midwest.  These are bags filled with food items a family can easily grab on their way to the hospital to have something to snack on at the hospital during the day.  We are asking people to bring granola bars, apple sauce, chips and more — and to help us decorate the bags with your family at kiddywampus.  This is a very family-friendly way to give back!
Address:  1023 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN  55343
Plus:  20% of the day’s retail* sales will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Upper Midwest
*in-store retail sales only, excludes gift cards, online sales and all services


Thank you to our Great Give Back Challenge Sponsors!

We love the Whimsy Factory and their quality, affordable costumes.
Amanda Ballard

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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