GIVING HEARTS DAY YIELDS BIG RESULTS FOR FARM RESCUE
(JAMESTOWN, N.D.) — In the organization’s first year as a part of the Giving Hearts Day program sponsored by Dakota Medical Foundation in Fargo, more than 165 donors around the nation stepped up to contribute to Farm Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing planting, haying, and harvesting assistance to farm families in crisis.
What makes the Giving Hearts Day contributions, which totaled $9,852, so important are the matching funds provided through other generous donors prior to the one-day fundraising effort. Farm Rescue will also receive $12,250 in matching funds, for a total of $22,102 raised in a single day, according to Shera Nelson, office and outreach coordinator for Farm Rescue.
“Farm Rescue’s first Giving Hearts Day was a great success thanks to social media, e-mails, and word-of-mouth among friends and families,” said Nelson. “It provided a platform for people from all over the country to support our mission by taking just a few minutes out of their day to make an online donation. Because so many individuals and businesses stepped up and contributed, we were able to raise significant funds to support this year’s planting, haying, and harvest operations.”
Farm Rescue is currently taking applications for spring planting assistance for farmers who have suffered major illness, injury or natural disaster. Application forms may be found on the organization’s website at www.farmrescue.org or by calling 701-252-2017. Friends may also call to anonymously refer a family they believe could use Farm Rescue’s help.
Each family selected for assistance can receive up to 1,000 acres planted free of charge.
Since 2006, Farm Rescue has assisted 300 farm families who have experienced hardships ranging from open-heart surgery and cancer treatment to severed limbs and car accidents. The organization has been supported by more than 300 business sponsors and donors and nearly a thousand volunteers who have contributed time and expertise to helping farmers with planting, haying, and harvesting.
More information about contributing to Farm Rescue or becoming a volunteer can be found at www.farmrescue.org or by calling 701-252-2017.