Giving Hearts Day is February 10, with various area nonprofits participating – Detroit Lakes Tribune

It’s been 15 years since the first Giving Hearts Day fundraiser took place, and during that time the 24-hour, online-only event has raised over $112 million, 100% of which went directly to charities. participating charities, according to the information available on the event website,


Over the years, a growing number of local nonprofits have joined in the fundraiser, and this year 10 Detroit Lakes area charities are participating in the 2022 event, scheduled for Thursday, 10 February.

This year’s participants are:

  • The Detroit Lakes Boys and Girls Club

    provides a safe, positive place where children can spend structured time with friends and adult mentors and thanks to a $30,000 match from an anonymous donor, the Boys & Girls Club hopes to raise $80,000 this year, profits to be split between two projects. Half will go towards improving creative arts opportunities for club members. This includes purchasing a portable stage and increasing the number of guests to teach the arts so children experience realistic theater performances, build their confidence, and use healthy outlets to express their emotions. The other half raised will be used to continue to support ongoing programming and outreach.

  • Detroit Mountain Recreation Area

    hopes to use her donations “to help provide free and significantly reduced programs for children and families in our community and beyond, including North Dakota,” said Megan Smith, DMRA’s operations manager. “We have served more individuals and families through our

    Ski Angel Scholarship Program

    this year than any other year since the start of 2014. This year we have extended our free offer to more homestays as well as providing our facility as a great place to help others looking to recreate both during our summer bike season and our winter ski season.”

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    Essentia Health St. Mary’s Foundation,

    Cara Frank, Director of Development for the foundation, said: “This year we are raising funds to add two new baby warmers to keep our littlest patients healthy and comfortable in the hours after birth. . And thanks to generous matching donations from the Dakota Medical Foundation Benton’s Hope and our employee giving program, ROOTS, your gift will be doubled, up to $10,000!”

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    Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Reserve

    hope to raise up to $8,000, “to support outdoor environmental education and support our mission, ‘connecting children and nature,'” said Nancy Fischer, who serves as director of the Friends’ office and boutique gifts from the Refuge.

  • At the Detroit Lakes Health Resources Center,

    Britton Ramsey, the centre’s executive director, said she

    is looking to raise $25,000 through Giving Hearts Day this year, to support its mission “to break down the barriers families face so they can be empowered to make life-affirming decisions and be equipped to thrive in parenthood. Additionally, donations will support a new parenting education program and the purchase of items for our baby boutique, where we provide all the necessities needed for a new baby.”

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    St. Rosary Catholic School

    “has been a vibrant part of the Detroit Lakes community since 1916,” says Jamie McDougall, director of stewardship and development at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, which operates the school. The school’s GHD goal for 2022 is $50,000, in addition to $10,500 in matching pledges. “The gifts we receive from our donors on Giving Hearts Day are of great significance as we continue our efforts to accomplish four key initiatives for our school: enhancements to our STEM program, the creation of a robotics, introducing Spanish language and culture to studies and providing a school counselor for our students,” McDougall added.

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    Human Society of the Lakes

    hopes to raise at least $10,000 for this year’s Giving Hearts Day, “to kick off our new year and forever our mission to help homeless animals,” spokeswoman Tessa Fenu said. “Our mission is to provide much-needed services to abandoned, stray and unwanted pets while they wait for forever homes. This money will help us enhance our mission by paying for medical expenses, food, treats, toys and to keep our building maintained to progressive standards.With future funding, we hope to find a solution so that all members of the community have easier access to spaying and sterilization programs.

  • Based in Detroit Lakes

    Lakes Crisis and Resource Center

    “promotes safety, hope, and healing through advocacy, intervention, and education by helping men, women, and children achieve safer, healthier relationships,” says DelRae Whitley, Outreach Coordinator and center development. “Donations received on Giving Hearts Day will be used to develop programs to support children within their family relationships through its children’s services. Donations will also enrich Kinship, an adult mentoring/ child who follows the belief that every child is just a caring adult. to be a success story.”” Whitley noted that this year, thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all donations to the LCRC on the day Giving Hearts will be matched, up to $20,000.

  • Like LCRC, helping local families in crisis is also the mission of

    Give a hand

    , which aims to raise $65,000 in donations through Giving Hearts Day this year. The donations “will be bolstered by matching funding generously provided by the Dakota Medical Foundation and other game sponsors,” said Jeina Peinovich, director of the organization. “Lend A Hand Up’s mission is to raise financial relief and hope for neighbors in crisis. Program resources include an online crowdfunding and auction platform, how-to guides, help gifts, grocery gift cards, gas gift cards and grants to increase revenue up to $5,000 per qualifying family fundraiser.” For more information, call 701-356-2661 or visit the website at


  • Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics

    will be looking to raise $35,000 this year, primarily to support its FlyTime program. “FlyTime is specifically designed for children who may need assistance with getting around, climbing, rolling, communicating or interacting in a traditional setting,” says Kristi Jeffery, MFG Foundation Coordinator. “MFG has worked to adapt gymnastics-based fitness and equipment to give everyone the opportunity to sweat a little, build muscle, challenge themselves and others by climbing, jumping, running, crawling, bouncing and many other fun activities… Currently our schools do not have a physical education program dedicated to helping children with special needs, so a few years ago we started the FlyTime program here to MFGF, and it’s 100% funded by generous donors in our community!”

Nearly 550 charities are participating in Giving Heart Day this year. Although early donations are also encouraged, the official fundraising date is Thursday, February 10.

Supporters can donate $10 or more to g

by selecting the charity of their choice. Once you find that charity’s page on the website, choose the amount to donate, then select “Pay on Heart Donation Day, February 10, 2022” in the checkout basket.

All donations must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 10 to be eligible for fundraising.

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