Opening your heart starts with hard working hands.
Hundreds of volunteers are donating their time to 84th annual Open Your Heart event.
From soup, to green beans, peas and macaroni and cheese...thousands of canned goods and foods are being sorted and stacked to be given to families in need this Christmas Season.
The campaign raised roughly 70-thousand dollars...that's enough to feed 316 families in Bismarck and Burleigh County.
(Bob Wefald / Organizer) "Soup table is really growing, it always does. We normally get 1600-2000 cans of soup. This is simply the most rewarding and gratifying job I have ever done. I love raising money for open your heart because it's really easy. I never ask people for money. I never write people letters and ask them to please start sending money. All I tell them is you can start sending money. And then I tell them you can stop sending money because we have all we need.
(Diane Haan / Volunteering for 35 years) "Anyone of us could easily be in the same shape and be in need. It just wouldn't take anything for the tables to turn. When you listen to the people here talk, there is many that have been in the position where they have received the boxes from open your heart and they just want to give back. That is why I do it."
This evening starting at 7 volunteers will start filling tote boxes for each family.
Tomorrow morning at 7:30, volunteers will deliver each families food box.