Let’s celebrate the season together!

Starting Dec. 1, join us each day for a different event or small act of kindness to shine hope and healing into the lives of patients at Sanford Health.

Simply download the full 25 days of giving calendar here or see below to follow along each day.


Dec. 1. Show your Sanford spirit! Post a selfie wearing Sanford Health swag, share why you give back to support our patients and use the hashtag #GivingBackMovesCareForward.

Dec. 2. Get ready for #GivingTuesday! Tomorrow, millions of people around the world will donate to their favorite charities. Join the movement by making a one-time gift to Sanford Research, or any other cause at Sanford that matters to you.

Dec. 3. Attend Christmas at the Castle! Bring your entire family for a magical night on the front lawn of Sanford Children’s from 6 to 7 p.m. Watch the Christmas lights turn on and snag some hot chocolate!

Dec. 4. Compliment a colleague. Take a moment to tell a coworker how much you appreciate him or her.

Dec. 5. Tune in and be inspired. The annual Midwest Communications Radiothon for Kids presented by Seykora Remodeling starts today! From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., tune in to 101.9 KELO-FM, 103.7 KRRO-FM, BIG Country 92.5, KTWB and Q95.7 to hear from local kids and families impacted by Sanford Children’s Miracle Network.

Dec. 6. Put your money where the miracles are! It’s day two of the Radiothon for Kids. Call (605) 328-5750 to support kids like Braelynn, the smallest baby to graduate from the Sanford Boekelheide NICU. A gift today could help purchase more state-of-the-art equipment to save tiny lives.

Dec. 7. Wish for health and healing. Who needs another sweater or gift card? Ask friends and family to skip the stores and make a gift in your honor to the Sanford Health Foundation instead.

Dec. 8. National Brownie Day! Drop off a pan of your favorite treats to Ava’s House by Sanford, the multigenerational hospice facility in Sioux Falls, and provide comfort to patients and families staying there.

Dec. 9. Make your swipes count! Stop by any First PREMIER Bank location and sign up for the Sanford debit MasterCard, exclusively available for Sanford employees. For every swipe of your card, 50 percent of the net interchange fees will support the Sanford Health Foundation general fund.

Dec. 10. Be Sanford Strong! When you give through payroll deduction, you have the option to join Sanford Strong. By opting in, your total giving will automatically increase every year by $1 per pay period.

Dec. 11. Support Edith Sanford Breast Center patients. Drop off a $10 gas card to the Edith Sanford Breast Center or route one to #5170 to help cover travel expenses for patients coming to Sioux Falls for treatment.

Dec. 12. Practice gratitude. Journal three positive things that have happened to you this week and carry that positivity with you throughout the day.

Dec. 13. National Cocoa Day! Crank up the Christmas tunes and surprise your team with a hot cocoa party.

Dec. 14. Donate $14 to any fund of your choice. If each of our 2,500 INCREDIBLE Sanford employee donors in the Sioux Falls region gives today, we will raise $35,000 to help improve the human condition.

Dec. 15. It’s #SomeoneSpecialSunday! Honor your Guardian Angel. Recognize a Sanford employee as your Guardian Angel. Visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/guardianangel or select “Give Thanks” on your My Sanford Chart app to show your appreciation.

Dec. 16. Tour the Sanford House. Swing by between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn more about philanthropist Denny Sanford and the power of giving. Visit sanfordhousesd.org to learn more or call (605) 312-6700 to arrange a formal tour.

Dec. 17. Attend the Sanford employee holiday party. Celebrate the season and enjoy goodies with your Sanford Family at the annual employee holiday party.

Dec. 18. Share the warmth at Sanford Children’s. Donate hats, mittens, coats or blankets to Sanford Children’s to provide warmth for patients in need.

Dec. 19. Give us your feedback. Who or what moves you to give back? Submit your answer through our survey featured on InsideSanford and you could win a prize!

Dec. 20. Party with a purpose for the Employee Crisis Fund. Organize a holiday potluck with your team and encourage free-will donations to the Sanford Employee Crisis Fund.

Dec. 21. Thank a donor. Take a minute to write a thank you note to another Sanford employee donor and route it to #5170. We are stronger together!

Dec. 22. Remember a loved one. In the spirit of the holiday season, honor the life and legacy of your loved ones by making a gift to the Ava’s House endowment campaign.

Dec. 23. Share your #MantraMonday. As we near the end of 2019, share your mantra for the new year ahead on social media to inspire others!

Dec. 24. Practice self-care. You can’t give from an empty tank. Take a 10-minute break from the holiday frenzy to relax and clear your head.

Dec. 25. Merry Christmas! As you spend the day with your family and friends, know how much you mean to all of us at the Sanford Health Foundation.