Origins of Bagel in the Street in Rapid City

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Our annual "Bagel in the Street" event is coming up this Friday, but how did this fundraiser get started?

Helene Duhamel worked at KOTA for more than 30 years, and during that time, she started a fundraiser called "Bagel in the Street."

Bagel in the Street is a time where drivers can make a brief stop on their morning commute to donate money in exchange for coffee, Pepsi products, and a white chocolate chip bagel.

Helene Duhamel says, "White chocolate chip bagel in particular is really yummy, but you don't need any cream cheese. You don't need any jelly. It's ready to go. It's perfect. I always say it's the breakfast of champions."

All of the proceeds go to Church Response, a non-profit that helps feed those in need.

Church Response Director Lynda Mentele says they serve a variety of people

Lynda Mentele says, "We're in an area where there are a lot of people that are living in motels. They don't have any storage space. And often they only have a hot plate to cook on. They're looking for something that they can take home and cook right away. We see a lot of elderly people who are living on social security."

Helene worked with Black Hills Bagels owner Debra Jensen to bring the event to life eleven years ago and is happy to see it still alive.

Helene Duhamel says, "I'm so glad it's still going. It's such a wonderful holiday tradition. It makes people feel better about being a part of a community that cares about the least fortunate."

Mentele says they'll spend the money on food they don't normally receive through donations such as meats, fresh produce, and toiletries.

If you'd like to donate money or non-perishable food at "Bagel in the Street," stop by the Duhamel building at 518 Saint Joseph Street between 6:30 A.M. and 9 A.M. Friday, November 9th.