The Bemidji Alliance, a collaboration between Visit Bemidji, Bemidji Downtown Alliance, Greater Bemidji and the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, have created the Gifts of Hope Fund.
A portion of the fund will be used to purchase gift certificates from area businesses which are then donated to the United Way of Bemidji.
The United Way will then distribute the certificates to local families economically impacted by COVID-19.
The remaining portion will be focused on incentivizing the public to purchase their own gift certificates from locally owned businesses, who are encouraged to submit their business into the lottery for their Gift Certificate Program.
Submissions are due by the end of the day today, and lottery selections will be announced tomorrow afternoon. A link to more information is available here.