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December 18, 2018

11/20/2018 2:11:00 PM
Dear Prospective Santa...Gifting programs for local children for Christmas

Christmas is the 'most wonderful time of the year.' However, some children aren't able to experience the joy of holiday cheer without generous donations from caring people. Local organizations and businesses are sponsoring and hosting gift-giving programs for children, and are asking for your help in giving this Christmas. Giving opportunities are available at the following locations:

Longville - Longville Area Women of Today's annual Toys for Kids Christmas drive is asking for donations. Monetary donations of any size may be dropped off at Longville's First National Bank branch anytime, or mailed to LAWOT "Toys for Kids" PO Box 293 Longville, MN 56655.

Donations of new, unwarpped gifts for children ages birth - 17 may be dropped off at FNB or Stuido 5 no later than Monday, December 12.

Families wanting to sign up for this program may get registration forms at First National Bank and must be completed in person and left at the bank before Thursday, December 6.

Copies of forms or forms received in the mail will not be accepted.

Remer - Past, present and new contributors are encouraged to begin thinking about

Northanld Family Center's "Toys for Kids" event. There is a volunteer committee of staff and community members that will brighten

Christmas for local kids. Because of your generous hearts, you are all a "Special Santa" to these kids.

Continued contributions provide toys for kids of Remer, Boy River, Federal Dam, Outing and Swatera and are greatly appreciated.

No matter the size of your donation, it will allow area children to have a better


Special Santas: please make checks payable to "Toys for Kids" and send to Northland

Family Center, PO Box

304, Remer, MN 56672.

All contributors are listed in NFC's publication.

If you wish to remain anonymous, please make a note on your donation.

Hackensack/Backus - The Hackensack Chamber of Commerce will again be hosting "The Children's Giving Tree" for Christmas this year. If you, or someone you know, are in need of gifts for Christmas, please call 218-675-5700 with the following information, or email information to: or All requests have to be in by Monday - November 19th. There are no specific qualifications for this program, but we ask recipients of the "Giving Tree" not be on any other area lists, so all in our community and surrounding communities, who need help, can be helped.

1. Full name, address, and phone number of Parent(s)

2. First name of children along with their age (0-17) and their gender

3. Wish list of items each child would like

4. Clothing sizes

Gift pick up day will be: Friday Dec. 14th between 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Kevin Larson Construction in Hackensack. If you are unable to pick up gifts at this time, please call 218-675-5700 to make other arrangements. A reminder call will be given to all recipients the week before the pickup date.

This year the "Giving Trees" will be located in Hackensack at: Do It Best Hardware, Mark's Market, Swanson's Bait, and Southside Fuel Plus and in Backus at the American Legion and Godfrey's Family Foods. Please find it in your heart to stop in and pick a name off the tree for those less fortunate. Anyone wishing to make a monetary or toy donation can drop if off at any of the mentioned businesses or Kevin Larson Construction, by December 10th.

Every Child deserves to have a Merry Christmas! Thank you and God Bless all this Holiday Season.

Bill Hansen Realty

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