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The World's Smallest 5-K is One Non-Profits Ticket to Raising Funds

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Giving Hearts Day has grown substantially in its 8 years. Across western Minnesota and North Dakota you're able to invest in more than 200 local charities in this 24-hour online campaign. It's worth mentioning your money will double in most circumstances with thousands in matching funds!

Valley News team's Eric Crest shares with us how one non-profit is doing something unique to spread its message.

It's something you wouldn't expect in the dead of winter. Unseen, a local non-profit is hosting a 5-K race today. Unfortunately you can't run in it, registration was limited to just one so that these folks can demonstrate all of the good work that can be accomplished by just one person.

Unseen started about three years ago right here in Fargo. The idea was brewed over a cup of coffee between two 20 something year olds.

"Unseen is a media and marketing non-profit based here in Fargo, that works around the world to combat human trafficking, hunger, poverty and to support orphans," explains Than Baardson the Executive Director and co-founder of Unseen.

Unseen shoots and puts together videos for non-profits across the globe that need donors to back their mission monetarily. To date they've helped over 35 thousand children get out of some of the most heart wrenching situations.

"Kids are (now) being fed, rescued from slavery, sex trafficking, and just the worst things imaginable. But often those stories are untold," says Baardson.

About 55-hundred volunteer hours were added up for this non-profit last year alone.

"I'm proud to be apart of it cause I've seen the people that it helps and because I've seen the scale it's growing too," says one of those volunteers Stephen Appel.

But with all the hard work it takes and hours invested Unseen relies on Giving Hearts Day like many non-profits in town. It's like a kick starter to their year.

"It's not a race or a competition between non-profits. I would hope that at it's core each of the groups that participate in this is working towards changing lives, families restored, healed and made better," says Baardson.

And if you're thinking, what kind of a difference can you really make as just one person? Baardson says that's where it all starts.

"The work that we've done is only because of the work of others," explains Baardson.

So don't forget about the Worlds Smallest 5-K and it's lone runner doing his part as a representation of what one person is capable of.

"Yeah one guy can really make a difference! If they choose to use their resources to do so," says Appel.

We have a lot of people out here cheering on our 5-K runner. This actually might be a record of sorts. Not because of his time though. We Googled world's smallest 5-K, and this event was all we found. Just a good example of how all of us can make a large impact, even in our small community.

Remember you can donate to your favorite non-profit until midnight on Thursday. Many donations of 10- dollars or more will be matched by the Dakota Medical Foundation and various businesses and organizations. To donate now go to valleynewslive.com and click on the Giving Hearts Day banner!

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