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It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas

D/SAOC benefits from sale of holiday merchandise at The Key on Central

October 30, 2011
By KATHLEEN KOCH, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Christmas is right around the corner, and The Key to Christmas is opening its doors Tuesday at The Key on Central.

There will be Christmas trees, wreaths, figurines, ornaments, stockings and other accessories to purchase. All proceeds and donations go to the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center of Fort Dodge.

Pat McAvoy, the manager of The Key on Central, said that the store has had a steady business throughout the five years it has been there.

Article Photos

-Messenger photo by Kathleen Koch
Marti Doyle, one of the volunteers, is inspecting a wreath for The Key to Christmas. A?part of The Key on Central, the Christmas-themed room offers seasonal items for sale. Proceeds benefit the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center.

"We are definitely picking up business getting closer to the holidays and receiving daily donations throughout the Fort Dodge community which is great," said McAvoy.

D/SAOC provides free and confidential services of safety and support to adults and children who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

"Clients from D/SAOC come to The Key on Central and get items they need for free to restart their lives," she said.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: The Key to Christmas

When: Beginning Tuesday, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday

Where: At The Key on Central, 1030?Central Ave.

The Key to Christmas is a special part of the The Key on Central that is only open during the holiday season.

Brenda McBride, the program development director of D/SAOC, said she is very pleased with how The Key to Christmas room is pulling together.

"The biggest focus is all the volunteers that give so much time and effort to make this happen and how thankful the D/SAOC organization is for them," said McBride.

The Key to Christmas will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Contact Kathleen Koch at (515) 573-2141 or



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