Bismarck Foundation

Giving Hearts Day

Supporting Local Hospice -  2018 Freezin For a Reason

Giving Hearts Day 2018

What is Giving Hearts Day?

Giving Hearts Day is a day to make an impact in our communities. It’s a day about supporting charities that make those communities better places to live. For 10 years, Giving Hearts Day, co-hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and the Alex Stern Family, has made a profound impact in North Dakota and western Minnesota. Each year organizations raise awareness about important issues and the value of citizen-funded causes that add quality to our lives.

Three Ways You Can Make an Impact
  1. Make a Secure Online Donation at on February 8 by selecting CHI Health at Home and put “Bismarck” in the comments section.
  2. Purchase $10 raffle tickets now through February 8 to win the Scheels exclusive Nanook ice house and a F1 Rocket-8 inch ice auger. Package is valued at $979.98. The winner will be announced at Scheels on February 8 at 6:30 p.m. (you do not need to be present to win). Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

    a. Scheels
    b. CHI Health at Home
    c. CHI St. Alexius Health Gift Shop

  3. Join us at Scheels on February 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. for the Freezin for a Reason event! Hospice volunteers will be at Scheels to receive donations and to sell last minute raffle tickets. Come out and join them for hot chocolate, coffee, sweets and fun!
Where do proceeds go?

All donations and raffle ticket sales will support the hospice program at the CHI Health at Home Bismarck location. Funding will help the following areas:

  • Bereavement Program - 13-months of individualized bereavement services to family members after the passing of a loved one at no cost, based on their individual needs and wishes. This can include informational mailings, phone calls and in person visits.
  • Community Events
    • Finding Hope through the Holidays is held in November each year and offers supportive activities, information, and discussion related to the first holiday season following their loss.
    • Memorial Tree Planting ceremonies are held in the spring. A candle lighting remembrance service is held, followed by the planting of a tree in memory of those lost the previous year. Family members are invited to include a note to bury with the tree and nourish its growth.
  • Volunteer Services
    • Recruitment, training and education of hospice volunteers is ongoing. Volunteers are specially trained in hospice philosophy and end-of-life considerations. Volunteers are involved in client and family visits; bereavement visits; distribution of support materials; weekly flower deliveries; special events; weekly Tuck-in program; making prayer blankets, caregiver support totes, patriotic pillowcases, etc.
    • Respite Care volunteers are able to be with the patient while family members take a break, attend appointments, run errands, relax, do what they need to do to take care of themselves.
  • Health at HomeWe Honor Veterans - A veteran’s experience with hospice is much different than a civilian’s due to their military involvement and only another veteran can truly understand what a veteran is going through. Therefore, We Honor Veterans (WHV) Program is a specialized program which includes educating and training staff and volunteers on each war era so they have a better understanding of a veteran’s specific challenges. It includes the recruitment of veterans to become hospice volunteers so they can be paired with veterans going through the end-of-life journey.



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