'Heart's For Hospice' gives local businesses a sweet challenge

WILLISTON, N.D. - If you've walked into a business recently, you may have noticed paper hearts displayed on the walls.

"We've sold about $300 worth," said Treva Ross, manager of Williston Cattails.

CHI Health at Home is hosting its first annual challenge. Businesses are competing to raise funds for the area's hospice program.

"They can purchase hearts for different denominations $1, $5, $10, and $15 to support our hospice program," said Karen Bercier, Williston director of CHI Hospice at Home Unit.

Donations are pouring in as workers gear up for their main event with a live and silent auction.

"We have some silver heart sponsors, we have a lot of bronze sponsors, it's just been overwhelming, the community has been," said Bercier.

"Hearts for Hospice" started off as a small event and has expanded. Last year the community decided to be a part of the cause after learning the future of hospice was uncertain.

"The fact that it was going to go away at some point I guess was really disheartening to me," said Karissa Teske, owner of 3 Bean Espresso.

Teske says it’s great to see the community step up and be a part of something positive.

"I wanted to help out in any way that I could so we got involved last year and we stuck with it this year," said Teske.

Showing someone that you care doesn't have to be wrapped as a gift. Instead, the simplest gestures can touch a person's heart. The Hearts for Hospice main event will take place this Saturday at the New Armory from 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Hospice at 701-774-7430.