By Cory Erickson, Hillsboro Banner
Thursday, Feb. 13, marks the 13th annual Giving Hearts Day and Sanford Health Foundation Hillsboro is ramping up for yet another 24-hour marathon fundraiser.
Emily Mehr, first-year development officer for Sanford’s foundations in Fargo and Hillsboro, said this year’s proceeds will go toward future upgrades at the Sanford Hillsboro Medical Center.
The center used funds the past two years to upgrade patient beds at the 36-bed facility.
“Right now, the money raised will go toward supporting the greatest need at this time,” Mehr said. “We had some work done in our pediatric therapy department, and we’re looking at making some more updates to that.”
Giving Hearts Day is one of the local foundation’s two major annual fundraisers, including the annual charity golf tournament every July in Hillsboro.
“Everyone in Hillsboro is really helpful and excited to be involved and plan for Giving Hearts Day,” Mehr said. “It’s nice offering it in Hillsboro. In Fargo, there are so many charities and it’s really saturated.”
Last year, 30,675 people donated $16.3 million on Giving Hearts Day.
Donations can be scheduled or made online through Feb. 13 on givingheartsday.org.
Donors also can drop off checks dated Feb. 13 at the Sanford Hillsboro Medical Center’s business office at 12 3rd St. S.E.
The Mayville State University Foundation also is receiving donations for Giving Hearts Day, with money going toward scholarships and endowment programs.
More information on the foundation can be found at www.msugift.org.
Other local entities participating include the Hospice of the Red River Valley, North Dakota FFA Foundation, North Dakota 4-H Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America, Northern Lights Council.
Giving Hearts Day is hosted annually by the Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and Alex Stern Family Foundation.