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Published March 10, 2010, 09:05 AM

Students fill sandbags to help college organization of their choice

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Communities couldn't have reached the impressive sandbagging goals set last year without the help of college students. This year is no different. Tonight, the city of Moorhead is closer to filling it's goal, thanks to many young adults again.

Around 170 volunteers came to the city's College Night. The one night only event offered volunteers a chance to donate their time to help any college organization. That of course caught the attention of students from the tri-colleges.

From six to nine, every volunteer could pledge 15 dollars to an organization. The city will pay that money, a total of over 25-hundred dollars.

Students say they're glad to help the community from another flood and this is one way to get their attention of the need for more help; a win-win for everyone.

“It's great that there are so many people here volunteering their time and doing something that will definitely help the community. It's awesome.”

“Fifteen dollars, it's not that much for them to pay for all the work we're doing. I think it's a good idea and it really helps out the organizations at the college.”

This is the first time many of the college students have helped sandbag, let alone, this year. Most say they wanted to help now because spring break starts next week. So far, the city has about 111 thousand filled bags.