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FIGI'S DONATES MORE THAN $2,300,000 IN RETAIL FOOD PRODUCTS TO THE NEEDY NATIONWIDE

 FIGI'S DONATES MORE THAN $2,300,000 IN RETAIL FOOD PRODUCTS
 TO THE NEEDY NATIONWIDE
 MARSHFIELD, Wis., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 125,000 holiday packages that are unable to reach their destinations will end up bringing cheer to thousands of needy people throughout the nation this year.
 Figi's Inc., a Marshfield-based direct mail marketer of specialty food and gift items, has designated all undeliverable Figi's food packages to be sent to 25 Salvation Army units in major metropolitan areas. Estimated Figi's donations to the Salvation Army are expected to exceed more than $500,000 worth of food this year.
 Figi's developed the national donation effort in the early 1970s, and has consistently donated to the Salvation Army during the holiday season.
 Figi's also donates food products in the Wisconsin area to the Salvatorian Brothers of New Holstein, Wis., a Catholic fraternal organization that also serves the many needs of homeless and hungry people. In 1991, Figi's will donate more than $1.8 million in food products to the Salvatorian Brothers.
 "The holidays represent food for many people; but for others, food is in very short supply," said Joe Lawler, Figi's president. "Fortunately, our donation has reached a record level during a year when it can really be used."
 Figi's Inc., a national catalog merchandiser of cheese and other food products, is based in Marshfield. It is a subsidiary of Minnetonka, Minn., based Fingerhut Companies, Inc. In 1990, Fingerhut recorded annual revenues in excess of $1.2 billion. Fingerhut is the nation's fourth largest catalog marketer of consumer products. Fingerhut's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FHT.
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 /CONTACT: Betty Bothereau of Fingerhut, 612-936-5586, or Sally Rivard of Rivard & LaBreche, 612-338-0901, for Fingerhut/
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