NATIONAL GIVING HEARTS DAY
Big hearts give big on National Giving Hearts Day! On the second Thursday in February each year, the celebration offers one of the best opportunities to donate to your favorite charity. Not only that, this is the longest-running giving day in the United States. So many hearts and so much to give!
In a single 24 hour period, more funds are raised for charities throughout the upper Midwest. Organizations like soup kitchens, medical foundations, STEM programs, arts programs, and so many more raise money to advance their missions. And the money goes directly to the charities YOU love the most. Plus, you can give to as many charities you want. Give to one, or give to several.
- In 2020, Giving Hearts Day celebrates its 13th year.
- More than 28,000 people donated in 2019.
- Since 2008, tens of thousands of generous donors gave more than $70 million.
- In 2019, more than $13 million was donated.
- The average donor gave to 2.3 charities in 2019.
Whether you’re a donor or a charity, get involved. Rally your organization and provide support to your favorite charity. And it doesn’t matter where you are on the planet. You can still give.
HOW TO OBSERVE ON #GivingHeartsDay
Visit the GivingHeartsDay.org website to find your charity. Spread the word. And on the big day, donate to your favorite charity. It’s the best way to show your support and how giving your heart is. The minimum donation is $10, but how much is that really? Two cups of coffee?
Use #GivingHeartsDay to share the day on social media, too.
NATIONAL GIVING HEARTS DAY HISTORY
Fargo, North Dakota-based Impact Foundation submitted National Giving Hearts Day in 2019 to celebrate the 24-hour giving event for charities across North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Giving Hearts Day was formed in 2008 by Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) and Impact Foundation as a way for people to support the charities and causes they love. From just under $500,000 raised in its first year to more than $13 million raised in 2019, it has become a day of exceptional impact. The registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Giving Hearts Day to be observed on the second Thursday in February, annually.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Giving Hearts Day to be observed on the second Thursday in February, annually.
NATIONAL CHEDDAR DAY
National Cheddar Day adds some cheesy goodness on February 13th!
Grilled cheese would be buttered bread without melt-able slices piled high; burgers would be lackluster without a perfect ooze; mac & cheese would just be…mac, to be frank. So many of our iconic American dishes simply wouldn’t be the same without a slice of cheddar’s deliciousness.
There’s some history to this love of cheddar as well. How exactly did cheddar become a staple in so many of our favorite foods? Let us tell you!
Cheddar first rolled into being in the village of Cheddar in Somerset, England in the 12th century. While cheddar accounts for more than a third of all the cheese sold in the United States, it is a royal hit in the United Kingdom where it was created. In fact, more than half of the cheese sales in the UK go to cheddar.
In 1894, renowned cheesemaker Peter McIntosh brought his cheese-making skills to Tillamook County, Oregon where it rains a lot and the grass was always green. He taught the locals all he knew, and in due time he earned himself the nickname “Cheese King of the Coast.” Today, there are more cows than people in Tillamook, and those local farmers have since formed the farmer-owned cooperative we know today as the Tillamook County Creamery Association.
No wonder cheddar finds its way into so many recipes or a simple snack. That rich, creamy and sometimes crumbly flavor is what keeps us coming back for more, bite after delicious bite.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheddarDay
Hashtag it! Show the world just how much you love cheddar by sharing your favorite creation with #NationalCheddarDay on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.
It’s also a great day to celebrate with others – hosting your own National Cheddar Day party. Bring friends and family together for a wine and cheese night, impromptu fondue or a grilled cheese cook-off, whatever your favorite cheesy recipe, there are tons to choose from here.
Finally, if you’re local to Tillamook or traveling to the Pacific Northwest, add the Tillamook Creamery as a destination to see just how cheddar is made; sampling a thing or two as well. Today, nearly one million visitors make the trip to the Creamery each year! That’s a whole lotta chedda.
NATIONAL CHEDDAR DAY HISTORY
After over a century spent perfecting its award-winning cheddar recipe, Tillamook founded National Cheddar Day on February 13, 2019, to celebrate its 110th birthday and share a passion for cheddar with cheese-lovers nationwide, giving cheddar a day to shine on its own.
Founded on the coast of Oregon this farmer-owned cooperative continues to produce the most consistent, best tasting, high-quality dairy products made the most natural way possible. Guided by its values and the belief that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day, Tillamook has earned top awards for their cheese, ice cream, sour cream, butter, and yogurt products made the Tillamook Way. Committed to unwavering values that never sacrifice quality for profit, Tillamook is excited to share National Cheddar Day with cheddar lovers everywhere for years to come.
NATIONAL TORTELLINI DAY
Pasta lovers will enjoy a traditional stuffed pasta during National Tortellini Day on February 13th!
Tortellini is a signature dish from the Italian region of Bologna, where they claim to have created this stuffed pasta packed with flavor. Ravioli, tortellini, and tortellacci are all part of the same family of stuffed pasta. The most common fillings for tortellini are ham, white meat, and Parmesan cheese.
Members of an organization called The Learned Order of the Tortellini in the city of Bologna wear special hats to their meetings that are red and gold and shaped like tortellini. They also wear a ribbon, around their neck that has a gold tortellini hanging on it. The Learned Order of the Tortellini has a large membership dedicated to the preservation of the traditional tortellini.
There are many ways to prepare a tortellini dish. You may want to top it with a cheese sauce, cream sauce, pesto or tomato sauce, or follow one of the thousands of cooking blogs available for a great tortellini recipe.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTortelliniDay
Enjoy one of these tortellini recipes:
Tortellini Crock Pot Meal
Cheesy Italian Tortellini
Broccoli and Tortellini Alfredo
Spinach Tomato Tortellini
Tortellini Rose’ (Tortellini with Tomato Cream Sauce)
Creamy Shrimp Tortellini
Tortellini Bacon Broccoli Salad
Use #NationalTortelliniDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL TORTELLINI DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this stuffed pasta day.
NATIONAL BREAK UP WITH YOUR CARRIER DAY
On February 13th, it’s time to take stock of your relationship with your wireless carrier. National Break Up With Your Carrier Day provides the opportunity to make the switch. Don’t spend Valentine’s Day in a loveless relationship. Find the carrier who’s right for you.
Usually, on February 13th most people are hurrying into stores to find the perfect Valentine’s gift for their significant other. But it’s the ultimate day to take stock of your relationships, starting with your wireless carrier.
Ok. We understand change can be hard. Breaking up is always hard. Your wireless plan is familiar. There’s comfort in the familiar. But your wireless bill could have hidden taxes and fees. You could be paying more than you should. Your carrier may give you the run around when you call them. You never get anything from them.
It might be better to move on. Think of switching your wireless carrier as switching to a great support team during your breakup. Surrounding yourself with people who care about you and are dedicated to your wireless well-being.
Break up with your carrier today and experience the wireless relationship you deserve.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBreakUpWithYourCarrierDay
Breakups are hard to do, but if you’re ready to make the switch, there’s a dedicated team of experts waiting to make your Valentine’s Day lovable again. Visit your local T-Mobile store or http://www.t-mobile.com for special offers on this day.
And use #nationalbreakupwithyourcarrierday to share on social media.
NATIONAL BREAK UP WITH YOUR CARRIER DAY HISTORY
T-Mobile founded National Break Up With Your Carrier Day to remind people they don’t have to spend Valentine’s Day in a loveless relationship with their carrier.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 20 minutes
8 ounces fettuccine
1 pound large shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper for taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.
Place uncooked shrimp in bowl and sprinkle shrimp with the entire tablespoon of cajun spice, and toss well.
Next, sprinkle all-purpose flour on top of the seasoned shrimp and toss well. Coat well.
Put butter and oil in a deep skillet and cook on high heat.
Add your shrimp to skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.
Add chicken broth and heavy cream to the same skillet, whisking continuously until remaining ingredients are added.
Season with salt and pepper (or additional cajun spice if you prefer!)
Still whisking, bring mixture to a boil.
Add Parmesan cheese.
Add fettuccine and shrimp back into the pot and toss.
Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley on top.
(Note to chef: try to buy a Cajun seasoning without salt to avoid making this recipe too salty.)
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