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Published October 14, 2013, 09:42 PM

Despite shutdown frustrations, Fargo attorney decides to pay it forward

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo attorney is protesting the government shutdown while at the same time honoring his late father, and, in the process, local charitable organizations are reaping the benefits.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo attorney is protesting the government shutdown while at the same time honoring his late father, and, in the process, local charitable organizations are reaping the benefits.

While the shutdown is giving many people a sour taste, including Attorney Nathan Severson, he's decided to turn his frustrations into a means of paying it forward.

Nathan Severson- Charitable Donor: "I've been giving $100 a day to different charities and organizations in a protest to the government shutdown.”

Believe it or not, he says it's all to honor his late father, Dale Severson; a man once serving in the North Dakota House of Representatives.

Severson: “Even though we didn't have the same political views, we were always able to talk things out and agree to disagree, and it's really frustrating to me that they're not able to do the same thing in Washington."

So far, Severson has donated to 12 groups, including the ambulance service in his hometown of Cooperstown, United Way of Cass-Clay and the Boys and Girls Club of Fargo; a simple gesture that's receiving heartfelt appreciation.

Severson: "A lot of times, these kids don't have a lot to eat in the evenings, so it's greatly appreciated by these kids and their families."

Robin Nelson, a local spokesperson for the Fargo Boys and Girls Club says the donation will pay for more than a week’s worth of meals for 40 or so kids; whether the government reaches an agreement as soon as tomorrow or months from now.

Robin Nelson- Boys and Girls Club- Youth Commission: "I look to do something a little more even after the government shutdown, whether it be trying to help find a way to get other people to donate to charities, as well."

Severson says his next donation will be to the Alzheimer's Association.

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