The activity schedule for this year — all events take
place in the Bismarck Event Center Exhibit Hall, with
access through the southeast doors.
KFYR 550 AM Radio
will kick off this year's campaign with a 12-hour
broadcast starting at 6:00 a.m. at the Kirkwood Mall, accepting cash donations and
non-perishable food items.
Volunteers are needed to sort, stack, and count all
donated and purchased food items at 8:00 a.m. Sorting and stacking should be complete
by 10:30 a.m.
At 6:30 p.m. more volunteers are needed to
pack baskets for the families.
At 6:30 p.m.,
tables are set up, each with a particular food item.
Members of motorcycle clubs fill tote boxes with staples
and volunteers take food baskets for each family. At 7
p.m., more volunteers are needed pack baskets for the
families. The volunteers move around the tables and food
items are placed in the baskets based on the number of
members in each family. After that is complete, by about
8:30 p.m., Boy Scouts and others take down the tables
and sweep up.
Open Your Heart campaign loads and delivers baskets from
7:00 a.m. Volunteers are needed to stock perishable food
items in food baskets and deliver them to the families.
Starting at 6:30 a.m., Dan’s
Supermarkets, Dean’s Foods and Garske Produce deliver
turkeys, chickens, bread, milk and cole slaw, and
volunteers help load vehicles. At 7:30 a.m., volunteers
delivering the meals start arriving while other
volunteers load them with food. After the drivers
deliver the food baskets, any undeliverable baskets are
returned. Some last-minute families
will get the undeliverable baskets, with the rest being
delivered to the Salvation Army. By 10:30 a.m., the work is
basically done and planning for the 87th Open Your Heart
campaign for December 2016 begins.
"They don't have to sign up (to
help). Just show up and we'll put you to work."
Open Your Heart Chairman
Food and cash donations can be
delivered 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday,
at the American Legion office located in the Alliance Real
Estate building at 1022 East Divide Avenue in Bismarck.
Cash donations are being accepted now,
Send your donation check to:
“Open Your Heart”,
P. O. Box 753,
Bismarck, ND, 58502.