To the editor:
Operation Christmas/ Church Women United helped 450 families (nearly 1,500 people) to have a Merry Christmas this year. Hundreds of people helped in many ways.
Individuals gave money, new and used clothing and toys, household articles, bedding and Christmas trees and decorations. Our volunteers from churches and service clubs gave many hours of service. They made quilts, knitted caps, scarves and mittens, sorted and arranged the donations which came in and helped to fill the Christmas boxes which we gave to the families. These boxes were filled with food, family games and gifts and new toys and clothing for the children. Many of our toys were from Toys for Tots.
Many businesses and organizations gave money donations, food and toys and volunteer hours at our headquarters at Crossroads Mall and helped with deliveries to our home-bound recipients. We thank 3 Eagles Communications for promoting and collecting the Bikes for Tykes and the crew of men who assembled them. We thank Sertoma for picking up tables and returning them to the churches. A special thank you to our men who volunteered every day to help with incoming donations and making boxes: Merlin, Joe, Bob, Joe, Lyle, Richard and Clayton. We thank Golden K's for helping take down racks and tables and Daybreak Rotary for helping with delivery day and for paying the cost of our U-Haul trucks. Thank you to Denny & Bryan from Dale's Petroleum for driving the delivery trucks. Thanks to the Rabiner boys who carried boxes to set up our delivery routes. We thank The Rec and St. Olaf Church for our summer storage and White Transfer for the moves that were made. Thank you to Community Orchard and Sparboe Farms for donations of apples and eggs. We thank Citizens Community Credit Union for the great lunch for our volunteers on our final day. We send many thanks to Crossroads Mall for our space to operate. Many thanks to Jurey Wittmus for lining up our delivery routes for many years.
On Dec. 20, 2013, we heard "thank you" and "Merry Christmas" from many of our recipients. The Operation Christmas volunteers join with them to wish a Happy New Year to our generous and caring community.
Operation Christmas/Church Women United