Season of Giving

From November 15 - December 17, Alerus Center will shift its focus toward a season of giving, sharing, and promoting social good. This season, Alerus Center will be collecting food, clothes, toys, and pet supplies to benefit Northland Rescue Mission, United Way Grand Forks & East Grand Forks, and Journey Home Animal Rescue. Additionally, Spectra employees will participate in the Salvation Army’s Big Ring 2021. As always, Alerus Center will host a free family movie night in the arena. This year’s movie will be “A Christmas Story”


“We are thrilled for the 5th annual season of giving at Alerus Center,” said Spectra’s Anna Rosburg, General Manager of Alerus Center. “The entire staff is excited to be able to give back to our community. Greater Grand Forks is filled with incredible people and organizations who come together every year to support us, and this is our time to turn it around and do what we can to support them. We encourage everyone to join us this Season of Giving in donating to some wonderful nonprofits that make a much needed impact in our community and join us for a fun, free, family-friendly event at Alerus Center.”


Season of Giving Event Dates*:

Mon, Nov 15              Food Drive

Tue, Nov 23               Big Ring 2021

Mon, Nov 29              Winter Clothes Drive

Wed, Dec 1                Letters to Santa

Mon, Dec 6                Winter Wishlist Toy Drive

Sat, Dec 11                Family Movie Night

Mon, Dec 13              Pet Supplies Drive

Fri, Dec 17                 Big Ticket Giveaway Presented by Visit Greater Grand Forks

* Dates are subject to change


Donations will be accepted from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. 

Food Drive

The 2022 Season of Giving Food Drive will benefit the Northland Rescue Mission.

Requested donation items include:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Spices (e.g. salt, pepper, garlic/onion powder, cumin, etc.)
  • Individually packaged snack items
  • Oatmeal Packets
  • Soup/noodle cups or ramen noodles

Winter Clothes Drive

The 2022 Season of Giving Clothes Drive will benefit Northland Rescue Mission and the United Way.

Requested items include:

  • Shirts (size XL and up)
  • Jeans (all sizes)
  • Men’s underwear (new)
  • Hats, Gloves, Scarves
  • Snowpants
  • Children's winter clothes (all sizes)

Letters to Santa

Starting Dec. 1, Alerus Center will begin accepting letters to Santa Clause. Letters will be hand delivered to one of Santa's helpers, who will personally deliver your child's letter to the big guy up north.

Winter Wishlist Toy Drive

This Season of Giving, Alerus Center is participating in the Winter Wishlist Toy Drive to benefit the United Way.

Requested donation items include toys and games for children of all ages.

Pet Supplies Drive

The 2022 Season of Giving Pet Supplies Drive will benefit the Journey Home Animal Rescue.

Requested donation items include:

  • good quality dog food (dry, not canned)
  • good quality puppy food (dry, not canned)
  • kitty litter
  • cardboard cat scratchers

Big Ticket Giveaway Presented by Visit Greater Grand Forks

For more information about the Big Ticket Giveaway Presented by Visit Greater Grand Forks, click here

(begins Nov.15)