Most years, around this time, people tend to be more generous than other times of the year but this year, 2020, there is an enormous amount of giving that needs to happen.

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We've all seen the news where hundreds of cars are lined up at food banks, just trying to get enough to get by during this pandemic. Many people are out of work and need a helping hand.

According to WalletHub, Minnesota comes in at number 2 out of all 50 states and I don't find that hard to believe at all. We like to take care of our own and just about anyone else that needs a helping hand.

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WalletHub used 19 different indicators to arrive at their findings. things like the rate at which people volunteer, the share of income people donated and how many homeless people were sheltered.

With a pandemic going on, you'd think giving would be down a bit but actually, giving is up the first 4 months of this year by about 16%.

If you are wondering which state beat us, it was Utah. Overall, Minnesota came in 2nd. We ranked #3 in "Volunteer & Service" and #4 in "Charitable Giving".

The 10 most charitable states, in order were Utah, Minnesota, Maryland, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Dakota, Maine and Colorado.

The ten states that have some work to do in the giving department, the last 10 states in charitable department are Iowa, Hawaii, California, West Virginia, Nevada, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico and coming in dead last would be Arizona.

So, keep it up Minnesota.  We live in the greatest county in the world. No one should go without food and shelter.


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