The holiday season got a little brighter for 67 Bismarck-area families, thanks to the generosity of employees at MDU Resources, Montana-Dakota Utilities, WBI Energy and MDU Construction Services Group.

Employees supported the Abused Adult Resource Center’s “Hope for the Holidays” program by purchasing, wrapping and delivering gifts for families, consisting of 162 individuals.

The Abused Adult Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in seven North Dakota counties.

This year’s support of 67 families is a record high since the company started participating in the program in 2005.

Employees from 41 departments from across the company — a record number — participated this year. Employee volunteers gathered the gifts over two days, and the first collection nearly filled a 15-foot trailer.

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