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Over $17 Million Raised on Give to the Max Day

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With a few clicks of the mouse, Give To The Max day in the state of Minnesota has impacted thousands.

GiveMN raised over $17,145,280 Thursday.

Over 52,371 people donated on Give To The Max day.

Money will go to over 4,437 non-profits and schools across the state.   

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Give to the Max Day on Nov. 14 is the opportunity to help Minnesota thousands with a click of a mouse in the comfort of your own home.

But with 12 hours to go and $9 million raised, the website crashed.

"It says, 'This page can't be displayed,' and this is the Give to the Max page...It's disappointing," says Churches United Executive Director Jane Alexander.

Give to the Max Day tweeted this: "We are experiencing a tremendous surge of giving. We are working to get the site back up and running as quickly as possible."

Moorhead homeless shelter Churches United had raised $1,300 of their $2,500 goal  to be used for bunk beds when the website crashed.

"We have eight family rooms and three families were on overflow on mats on the floor of our chapel because we didn't have a family room for them," she says.

The bunks could double the amount of beds in the same area. 96 homeless stayed at the shelter last night.

"Bunk beds are a way we have realized we could maximize our floor space. We've never gone to bunk beds before because it seems it makes the rooms more crowded, but people are so thankful for a place to sleep at night," she says.

Churches United will have to continue the effort to raise the funds.

"We probably aren't going to reach our goal, no, but this was the first time we really tried to get money from Give to the Max and whatever we get we'll be really thankful for" says Alexander.

She is still able to find the silver lining and says she believes generosity will be inspired nonetheless during this season of giving.

"I do think it's a testament to both the need that non-profits have to have the donations at this time and also the overwhelming generosity of people," she says.

The Give to the Max website was back up and running around 6:30 p.m.

 

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