TOWER- Donations have started to come in for this year’s Operation Santa toy drive, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal. We are expecting to at least match last year’s …
TOWER- Donations have started to come in for this year’s Operation Santa toy drive, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal. We are expecting to at least match last year’s tally of 195 children. 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’s total of 195 children was a new record, and thanks to everyone’s generosity, we had gifts for all!
Take advantage of the great deals, many of which are being offered right now, to bring some joy into a child’s life. Supply chain issues are expected to cause shortages of toys this holiday season, so it is best to shop early.
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 appreciated.
We also accept gently-used holiday decorations and gifts for the adults who use the food shelf. We do assemble gift bags for the senior citizens who use the food shelf, so small gifts for them are appreciated also, such as boxes of Christmas candy, candles, puzzles and puzzle books, holiday scented lotions and soaps, holiday décor, and warm socks.
Donations can be dropped off at the Timberjay in Tower, and will be distributed at the food shelf on Dec. 21. Families who use the Tower Food Shelf and have not yet signed up, can call Jodi at the Timberjay at 218-753-2950, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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