Events - Open Your Heart
2023 OPEN YOUR HEART DATES and DESCRIPTIONS
Monday, November 27, 2023
Starting at 8:30 a.m., Open Your Heart will deliver assembled food totes to the majority of the Bismarck Public Schools. The Freedom Riders are the majority of volunteers but some support is needed. The Chairman will meet with volunteers in the parking lot of the AMVETs, 2402 Railroad Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 at 8:30 a.m. Delivery drivers will be assigned specific schools. Delivery vehicles need to be able to accommodate 10-20 assembled Cashwise food totes (boxes). Volunteers may express their interest by emailing [email protected].
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Open Your Heart will publicize this year’s campaign by conducting a 10-hour, live remote broadcast with KFYR 550 AM Radio. The broadcast will begin at 6:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. The Open Your Heart booth will be located near the North entrance of the Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck, ND. We will be accepting cash donations and non-perishable food item donations.
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Open Your Heart will conduct its clothing event at Target, for the selected families. The selected families will shop at Target in the Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck, ND from 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Families need to bring their notice letters with them. Volunteers may express their interest by emailing [email protected].
Monday, December 18, 2023
Approximately 2,000 unassembled food totes will be delivered from Cashwise Foods to the Bismarck Event Center at 8:30 a.m. They will be assembled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This is only assembling the tote, not filling the tote with food. Volunteers may express their interest by emailing [email protected].
Food totes will be retrieved from the Bismarck Public Schools and delivered to the Bismarck Event Center from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 11:00 am. Volunteers are needed for this event and require a vehicle that can accommodate 10-20 filled food totes. Anyone wishing to retrieve totes from one or more specific Bismarck Public School may express their interest by emailing [email protected].
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
On this day two major events will take place.
First, the donated and purchased food that was delivered to the Bismarck Event Center will be sorted, stacked, and counted. This event will begin at 8:00 a.m. and usually takes 2 to 2 ½ hours. Volunteers are needed and should arrive at 8:00 a.m. No pre-event signup is required for volunteers. Volunteers may park in the Bismarck Civic Center South Parking Lot and use the SE entrance.
The second event, which requires many volunteers, begins at 6:30 p.m. This event is the packing for the food totes that will be delivered to the families. Tables are set up, each with a particular food item. Members of motorcycle clubs fill tote boxes with staple items. The volunteers move around the tables and the food items are placed in the baskets based on the number of members in each family receiving the tote. After that is complete, which is normally not later than 9:00 p.m., tables will be taken down and the garbage will be placed in the dumpster located inside the Bismarck Event Center. Volunteers are needed and should arrive before 6:30 p.m. No pre-event signup is required for volunteers. Volunteers may park in the Civic Center South Parking Lot and use the SE entrance. Groups desiring to work a distribution table may express their interest by emailing [email protected].
Wednesday, December 20, 2023
From 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., volunteers with their own vehicles will arrive at the Event Center. Volunteers will drive their vehicles into the Bismarck Event Center under the direction of the Open Your Heart staff. Volunteers waiting inside the Bismarck Event Center will load the vehicle with food totes for the drivers to deliver. Volunteer drivers may take one or more family totes and may return to make several trips. When taking multiple family’s totes, volunteers will load totes that are in the same area of the city, to provide an efficient delivery route for drivers. Undeliverable totes are returned to the Bismarck Event Center. The Open Your Heart Staff will reach out to the contact person for the undeliverable totes, over the week following this event. Any totes remaining will be distributed to local food pantries.
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