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First responders set ambitious goal for Giving Hearts Day

Once a year, just before Valentine’s Day, communities throughout North Dakota and Minnesota come together for Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour period to support local charities and organizations.

Here in New Rockford, the Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford (CASNR) is once again participating in the event, which is on Thursday, Feb. 9.

This year, CASNR has an ambitious goal to raise $59,700 to help fund the necessary expenses that keep CASNR fully operational and capable of saving lives, such as training, staffing and equipment.

“Giving Hearts Day is our biggest fundraiser throughout the year, and the funds donated help us cover new equipment, training and helps fund our 24/7 staffing which is so important to our community to be able to offer these services in times of need,” said CASNR Manager, Angie Hopfauf. “We appreciate all the support.”

Of the 365 days that CASNR offers life-saving protection every year, they’re asking residents to set aside just one day to help them stay operational, and there are multiple ways residents can lend a hand this Giving Hearts Day.

• Write a check to Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford, post date it for Feb. 9, 2022, and mail the check to PO Box 246, New Rockford, N.D. 58356.

• Go online to on Thursday, Feb. 9; click on the “donate” button and select Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford, then follow the instructions to make a donation.

• Schedule a gift in advance. Donors can conveniently schedule online donations for Giving Hearts Day 2023 by making a donation at anytime through Feb. 7. Scheduled gifts will be processed on February 9.

• Give the gift of time. CASNR is always in need of volunteers, whether it’s CPR drivers, EMR’s, EMT’s or more advanced medical providers. Training is available.

On Feb. 9, the community is also invited to attend a soup and breadstick lunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the community ambulance hall.

A free will offering will be taken for lunch and attendees can register to win door prizes, with all proceeds being added to CASNR’s Giving Hearts Day event total.

Our local first responders work tirelessly to ensure the community’s well-being, and are often the last line of defense when an emergency, such as cardiac arrest, suddenly occurs. Giving Hearts Day is the community’s chance to show their appreciation, so be sure to follow the steps provided to help fund the very tools and equipment that are instrumental in saving lives.

“In this very rural area with an average of 2.5 people per square mile, response times are increased simply due to the amount of miles that must be driven in order to reach a patient in an emergency and drive to the nearest emergency care facility,” states CASNR on their Giving Hearts Day donation page. “Without CASNR the response times, as well as the care given while enroute to a hospital, would be longer and patient outcome would be affected.”

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated at CASNR, and there’s more to do than just emergency response. If it suits your expertise better, CASNR could always use volunteers to help with office duties, supply room inventory, or to serve for special events like Giving Hearts Day. To volunteer, give CASNR a call at (701) 307-0271, or email [email protected].