Mandan News

AID Inc. marks 30 years of assistance

AID, Incorporated and Brighten’s Thrift Shop is marking 30 years of business in the Mandan-Bismarck community by celebrating with the theme, “30 Years of Renewing Lives.”

AID, Inc., will be celebrating its 30th anniversary the entire month of July, with daily specials and 50 percent off of sales at Brighten’s Thrift Shop. A new cookbook, “Our Best Recipes,” compiled by AID, Inc. staff members and volunteers, will also be on sale. During the week of July 22 to 26, Brighten’s Thrift Shop will extend its hours to be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, and every afternoon cookies and juice will be served. The store is located at 314 W. Main St.

The late Father Charles Backes, a Catholic priest, was the driving force in the organization of AID. Inc., whose mission was “to provide emergency, temporary assistance to the working poor.” Many families in Morton and Burleigh Counties face eviction, turned off utilities and hunger. AID’s Self-Help Center helps with past-due rent and utilities, provides food for the hungry, helps with medical or employment-related transportation needs, assists with daycare expenses, car insurance, class fees and some prescription fees.

AID, Inc. also has a food panty stocked with contributions from the public and community food drives, and its thrift shop generates income through the sale of used household items, clothing and furniture.

To set up an appointment with the Self-Help Center, call 663-1274 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, go online to