Downtown Gives Back To NAMI Sioux Falls

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF) and several participating retailers will celebrate the spirit of the holiday season through the Downtown Gives program, which benefits one local non-profit organization each year.

This year’s beneficiary is NAMI Sioux Falls. NAMI, which stands for National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons affected by mental illness. NAMI supports those who have a diagnosable mental illness, their family members and others who embrace the mission to improve the lives of those most closely impacted by one of these medical illnesses.

"Funds raised from the Downtown Gives program will make a world of difference for so many people in Sioux Falls," said Phyllis Arends, NAMI Executive Director. "Mental illness impacts everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status. The holiday season can be especially hard, with added financial stress and family turmoil. We want the public to know that our organization is here to support and educate people within the community who are directly impacted."

Funds will be raised for NAMI though sales of a coupon book, with offers exclusive to participating downtown businesses. Coupon books will go on sale First Friday, November 6 and will be available for sale through the holiday season at participating retailer locations as well as the DTSF office.

"Holiday shoppers purchasing a coupon book will not only support a great local charity, but also the hardworking downtown small business owners who fuel our local economy and contribute to the vibrancy of our city's core," said DTSF Communications Director, Brienne Maner.

In 2014, the Downtown Gives program raised $4,700 for First Book - Sioux Falls.

To learn more, visit or call 605-338-4009.

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