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Pay It Forward March 09, 2020

Wisconsin Woman’s Shared Gift is ‘Proof Angels Walk Among Us’

Pam Keske Cancer Battle

If you look outside yourself, you’ll always find someone battling a greater hardship. It’s this motto Pam Keske uses to gain perspective – and the very reason she chose to share her Pay It Forward gift, creating a domino effect hundreds of miles away.

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Pay It Forward December 17, 2019

Honor Flight Recognizes Veterans for Their Service and Sacrifice

HonorFlight

When one Bell employee learned of a local veterans’ honor flight, he immediately thought of a 40-year family friendship and one Korean vet who deserved the experience of a lifetime.

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Pay It Forward December 08, 2019

Delivering Hope to a Local Family

Van Briesen Family

Waiting for the right time and place, mortgage banker Tracy Elliott’s patience paid off when she was able to help give a family hope after they’d lost their husband and dad.

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Pay It Forward December 08, 2019

Spreading Kindness ’Round the Cul de Sac

MohnPIF

After he’d been diagnosed with a rare disease, one man’s health would plummet with a common cold, and he’d be added to the donor list for a lung transplant. During his health battle, the community would rally around him to take care of his family and home while he recovered.

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Pay It Forward December 08, 2019

Martial Arts Studio Provides Power and Positivity

MartialArtsPIF

When life presents a series of trials and tribulations, The Art Martial Arts Studio aims to equip its students with an outlet to cope. But when the need to expand the studio – to further fulfill their mission – meant greater expense, the owners didn’t know if it was possible.

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Pay It Forward December 08, 2019

Movement for a Mission: Creating Community Through Dance

DancingPIF

What started as a ploy to get a girlfriend in middle school eventually became a lifetime endeavor for Shawn Vue, co-founder of Elite Family dance group. But sooner or later, dancing became more than an outlet for creativity – it became a movement to bring the community together.

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Pay It Forward December 08, 2019

Paying It Forward to Our Friends & Family

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Each year, Bell Bank employees receive time off and a gift card to spend doing something fun with loved ones through the Friends and Family program. Here are just a few of their stories from 2019.

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Pay It Forward December 08, 2019

Remembering Rhett: Support from a Stranger Helps Grieving Couple

RememberingRhettPIF

Hanging onto hope, the Paveks were elated to learn they were finally pregnant after a year of trying. But as life would have it, their dream turned to nightmare. Their community banded together to help them pick up the pieces.

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Pay It Forward December 08, 2019

‘Save 1 to Save 2’: Dog-Training Program Influences At-Risk Youth

K9PIF

When news of fentanyl overdoses circulated in 2016, one Fargo man took it as a sign to act. Founding K9 Crew, Joe Fluge began instructing at-risk teens how to train dogs. Along the way, the experience gives teens insights to help them cope.

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Pay It Forward December 08, 2019

Service Dog Helps Veteran Through Physical and Emotional Pain

PawsPIF

When U.S. Army veteran Reid Erickson first met Melton, it was love at first sight, with the service dog immediately rolling over into Reid’s lap. Ever since, Melton has helped Reid cope with the physical – and emotional – pain he’s endured since retiring from the military.

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