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Continued: South St. Paul couple begins 10,000 Strangers Project, Meanwell campaign

  • Article by: LIALA HELAL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 7, 2013 - 2:00 PM

“That still fires me up a little bit,” Chris Ogren said, adding that many are confused about how the campaign works.

A user can go online, click on a person’s picture with their specific cause, or select a school or organization, then make a purchase. “People want to help somebody personally, and they like to see a face,” Ogren explained.

Those who select one cause have 50 percent of their cost go to the cause. Selecting two would allow 30 percent to go to each cause — a total of 60 percent.

Not only does Chris Ogren not keep any of the money, but he invested to start the business.

“We had money set aside for a vacation, but I kind of dipped into that because this is a bigger deal,” Chris Ogren said. “I’m just motivated to help out whoever we can.”

He hopes to be able to expand outside South St. Paul someday. “I just want to make sure that I’m doing a good job here first and not skipping anybody,” Chris Ogren said. “If we hear about somebody in a different city who needs help, of course we want to help them. There’s nothing really that’s going to stop us.”

To shop, go to To add an individual or cause to Meanwell, e-mail Chris Ogren at chris@your Updates about donations can be found on Meanwell’s Facebook page.

Liala Helal • 952-746-3286

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  • Chris Ogren started Meanwell, a business and campaing to help South St. Paul families. Photo taken on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

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