TOWER- Now is the time to start thinking about Operation Santa. We are expecting to at least match last year’s tally of 170 children, but are anticipating our total may higher due to the …
TOWER- Now is the time to start thinking about Operation Santa. We are expecting to at least match last year’s tally of 170 children, but are anticipating our total may higher due to the disruptions to families’ income and employment this past year. We are also hoping to be able to do our shopping online if possible, so early donations are especially appreciated.
Operation Santa is a local fundraiser which purchases Christmas gifts (toys, gift cards, and warm winter items) for children whose families use the Tower Food Shelf. Last year we served over 170 area children.
Take advantage of the great deals on toys, many of which are being offered right now, to bring some joy into a child’s life. Cash donations are welcome; checks should be made out to Operation Santa and delivered or mailed to The Timberjay, PO Box 636, Tower, MN 55790.
We have started to receive some donations, but much more is needed to make sure every child in our community receives gifts and warm clothing this Christmas season.
The effort is organized by the Timberjay and the Tower Soudan Civic Club, with help from many area groups, churches, organizations, and individuals. If your group or church is planning to donate this year, please contact Jodi at 218-753-2950. (This helps with planning!)
Lake Country Power’s Operation RoundUp® program has once again made a very generous donation to the Tower Soudan Civic Club to help cover the cost of purchasing warm items for the children.
We are looking at donations of toys, games, art supplies, and sporting equipment for children, and gift cards to either Target or Walmart for our teenagers ($10 or $15). Stocking stuffer type gifts and holiday candy are also appreciated. We are always in need of gifts for infants and babies (must be labeled as safe for children under three). Gift ideas for children include games, action figures, building toys, dolls with accessories, craft sets, art supplies (including crayons and markers), sporting goods (basketballs, footballs, playground balls, sleds), puzzles, cars and trucks, and science kits.
Please don’t worry about picking out the right gift; I promise there will be a child on our list who will love whatever you pick out!
If you purchase a toy that uses batteries, please also send a spare set! Donations of batteries (especially AA and AAA) are also appreciated.
We also accept gently-used holiday decorations and gifts for the adults who use the food shelf.
Donations can be dropped off at the Timberjay in Tower, and will be distributed at the food shelf on Dec. 15. Families who use the Tower Food Shelf and have not yet signed up, should call Jodi at the Timberjay at 218-753-2950, or can email firstname.lastname@example.org.