National Bank of Commerce has purchased 1,200 copies of the popular children’s book Where’s Duke?, which will be distributed between Thanksgiving and Christmas by Project Joy, a local non-profit organization that provides healthy meals to about 1,200 needy children on Fridays.
The food is packed in backpacks and consists of two breakfasts, two snacks and two dinners. Project Joy is organized and run by Laura Plys.
Where’s Duke? is a true story written by author Dan Urshan of Hermantown. The book is a heartwarming tale of a boy who loves his black Labrador, Duke, more than anything. When Duke goes missing one day, good samaritans and the local humane society pitch in to care for him until he can be reunited with his family.
A portion of the proceeds from the book is earmarked to Animal Allies.
“I’m inspired by the generosity of NBC as they continue to support the community in which they serve,” said Urshan. “In this case, they are sending a message of hope and love to the kids of the Northland this holiday season by providing them with an inspirational book.”
“Project Joy is humbled to have been chosen to receive a donation of Where’s Duke? children’s books,” said Plys. “The donations from NBC shows their support and dedication to youth literacy. A gift from NBC to Where’s Duke? – from Where’s Duke? to Project Joy — from Project Joy to the hands of a child. Now, that’s a true example of local support.”