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Calendar Sales Raise Thousands For Feeding SD

February 18, 2014, 5:03 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Calendar Sales Raise Thousands For Feeding SD

A group effort between a local photographer, KELOLAND TV and its viewers will help feed thousands of South Dakotans in need.

Back in November, we announced the arrival of a small desk calendar, showcasing South Dakota landmarks photographed by Paul Schiller.

Schiller teamed up with KELO TV to sell the calendars online, with all proceeds going to Feeding South Dakota.

"There's no question that people in need need the support of those of us who are a little better off. And if we can take the art of our state and what I do, and put it to work for such a cause, it really makes it a rewarding effort for both parties," Schiller said. 

The calendar sales earned more than $3,600.

Tuesday, a check was presented to Feeding South Dakota's Executive Director Matt Gassen.

"With every dollar donated, we can turn that into five meals. So you take this amount that was just provided to us today and we're going to turn that into about 18,000 or 19,000 meals. So it's got a very significant impact on the work that we do and the people that we serve," Gassen said. 

"Very pleased that a little idea we had prior to Christmas with KELO would produce at least that kind of reward for Feeding South Dakota," Schiller said. 

While raising money for the group was the number one goal, the chance to show off the Rushmore state was also a big draw for Schiller.

"A lot of times people don't realize the beauty that we have here in the prairie. And as a result, this gave an opportunity for KELO's viewers to see some of the images we've taken over the years throughout the state," Schiller said. 

"Paul could have certainly done a lot of other things. To pick our organization, and to know that he's willing to help us provide food and to put food on the table of hungry South Dakotans, it means an awful awful lot to us," Gassen said.

Schiller hopes to work with Feeding South Dakota again to help raise more money for the group.

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