Dickinson family launches community outreach support project
The Marsh family and Bernie's Esquire Club are raising funds for the local community through donations for apparel, with proceeds to go to the Stark County Association of Deputies.
Dickinson — The Stark County Association of Deputies (SCAD) , whose mission is to partner with citizens and organizations in creating positive interactions for area youth, residents in need and community programs to bring the community together, will be the beneficiary of a fund raising project organized and led by a local family with a long history of philanthropic service.
"The community need is always greater than what most people even realize, and sadly many people believe that their single contribution can't make all that much of a difference. As a family, and we love to donate to our community, we've felt that way too," Bernie Marsh said. "Small donations we make as individuals sometimes feel like they aren't making enough of an impact, and that got us thinking. We looked for a way to create a project where everyone can donate a little, but collectively we can all make a huge impact in our community. It's a balloon effect."
Together the Marsh family gathered and brainstormed how best to develop a project that would gain interest in the community and turn small individual donations into a large financial contribution to support as many programs as possible.
After some deliberation they decided that the biggest community impact their project could make would be in support of SCAD.
Together Bernie and Paulette Marsh, their children Marinna, Marissa, Maranda, Marriah, Matthew, Marleah, Maxsonn and Marccus launched Kind Hearts for Stark County Community project on Feb. 10, with the support of Bernie's Esquire Club.
The project will sell t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, crew neck sweatshirts and hoodies with all proceeds donated to support SCAD's partnership with the Backpack Program, Abate of North Dakota, Trunk or Treat, Mall-O-Ween, Bowl with a Cop, Hunter Safety, Easter Egg Hunt, Celebrating Freedom Parade, Angel 37 Kitchen, Little Food Pantry, Meals for Power Wheels and more.
"We wanted to both support our community programs and support our local law enforcement. So we wanted to pay it forward for our community, but also pay tribute to the men and women who serve our community," Marinna Marsh said. "Let's make a difference together. Buy a shirt, tell your friends to buy shirts and wear your contribution with pride knowing that you are making a difference in your community."
The high-quality shirts, which can be purchased at Bernies Esquire Club, can be had for a small donation of $25 for small through 2XL, and $30 for 3XL through 5XL; Long Sleeve shirts can be had for donations of $30 for small through 2XL and $35 for 3XL; Crew Neck sweatshirts can be had for a donation of $50 for small through 2XL; and hoodies can be had for a donation of $60 for small through 3XL and $65 for 3XL. The project are currently working on youth apparel, which is anticipated to be sold for $20 for t-shirts and $30 for hoodies.
"We hope that this project can be an indefinite contribution to the community. Eventually, if the demand is there we can have coffee mugs, phone cases and more. We already have another shirt design in the works too," Bernie Marsh said.
For more information on how to obtain a shirt, hoodie or make a contribution to the Kind Hearts for Stark County Community project, visit Bernie's Esquire Club at 43 Sims St in Dickinson, or call (701) 483-4495.