For the seventh year in a row, the Trinity Health Foundation helped raise money to purchase turkeys and other perishable and non-perishable food items for KHRT’s annual Horn of Plenty campaign. This campaign helps distribute food and gift baskets to less fortunate families in the community during the holiday season.
Through the assistance of donations made by Trinity Health staff, board members and other friends, the Foundation exceeded its goal by raising $10,315.
“Thanks to the wonderful generosity that has been displayed by Trinity Health staff members, board members, and other friends of Trinity Health Foundation, we eclipsed the goal that we set for this year,” said Al Evon, director of the Trinity Health Foundation. “The donations that were made are greatly appreciated and will positively impact families in the region. Our partnership with KHRT and the Horn of Plenty makes a difference in the health and wellness of the community and gives families hope at a critical time of the year.”
A check was presented at the Horn of Plenty’s home base on December 6. Also, on December 6, Trinity Health staff members helped to pack the baskets that each family received. Then, Trinity Health staff members helped deliver baskets to area families on December 14.
A perspective on the Horn of Plenty by a staff member who helped to deliver to families in need.
“In the Fall of 2018 some fellow nursing students and I from the Dakota Nursing Program were blessed to have the opportunity to volunteer for the Horn of Plenty. This is a yearly event providing food and gifts to members of our community who might otherwise go without during the holidays.
Money raised through our nursing program fundraisers was donated to Trinity Health Foundation to purchase some of the food and gift items that went into the boxes. Our group helped to assemble boxes and later delivered a half dozen to community members who were finding themselves in hard times during the holiday season. It was a very humbling experience not only to see the faces of those receiving the boxes, but to witness our community and fellow coworkers come together and exercise the power of community. Being able to see the support and willingness of people to provide help for their neighbors in need was amazing.
This yearly tradition in Minot is clearly a family event. I witnessed children of all ages help their parents package toys and food with the same excitement they might have opening their own gift s on Christmas morning. The joy of giving filled the room. As boxes were filled, they were placed in a designated area and at the end of the day we found ourselves wishing we had more food so we could fill more boxes to help even more community members in need.
A week after packing the boxes we returned to gather the boxes and make our deliveries. One delivery was made to a single dad who didn’t know what he was going to do for the holiday dinner. Seeing the tears gather in his eyes when we handed him a bag of new toys for his children brought tears to our eyes as well. The next delivery was to a coworker who had volunteered many years before, yet whose family needed help this year. You never knew who would be answering the door and what stories you would hear while you spent a few minutes visiting after the delivery. Some had lost their job, others were experiencing illness or had lost a loved one. Each story had a special impact on each of us that we will never forget.
Although this started as an opportunity to volunteer our time in the community it has become a local project about which we have become passionate. The cycle of helping others when you can and accepting help when you have a need makes for a strong community. We are very proud of the strength of our Minot community.”