Two area Christmas for Kids organizations are working together this holiday season.
- Christmas for Kids Inc. serves the Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, Lake Shore and Merrifield areas.
- Christmas for Kids Crosslake Inc. serves the Crosslake, Ideal Corners and Fifty Lakes area.
In addition, Pine River has a Christmas for Kids program as well.
Christmas for Kids is a local community, nonprofit organization that brings Christmas gifts to less fortunate kids in the community. The goal is to reach all of the families in need and make their Christmas a happy one.
Christmas for Kids volunteers shop for each child individually from the information given in the applications they receive. Last year, Christmas for Kids served 208 children between the Nisswa and Crosslake areas. (Nisswa served 133 in 2020 and Crosslake served 75.)
Christmas for Kids is looking for both monetary and gift donations for the upcoming season. Christmas for Kids would not be possible without the donations, volunteers and support from all the businesses and people in area communities.
Christmas For Kids Crosslake Inc. applications are available at Crosslake Food Shelf, Crosslake Chamber of Commerce and Maucieri's. They are due back at P.O. Box 5, Crosslake, MN 56442 by Nov. 20.
Donation boxes will be available at many locations, including Maucieri's, First National Bank Crosslake and Riverwood Bank Crosslake.
From 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Maucieri's there will be a silent and then live auction to raise funds for Christmas for Kids. Those making donations of new, unwrapped toys or cash can qualify for a free drink during the event.
Questions about the program or how to donate can be directed to Tracy Halverson at 651-238-9648 or Holly Chase at 218-838-5017.
Christmas for Kids Inc. in Nisswa will have applications available at the Nisswa and Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce offices and Lakes Area Food Shelf. Applications will be due Nov. 19.
Toy donation boxes are located at participating locations, including First National Bank Pequot Lakes, Dollar General in Pequot Lakes and Crosslake, and Nisswa Chamber of Commerce.
The Nisswa gift wrapping party is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Nisswa Community Center. Those who wish to help wrap may email CFKNisswa@gmail.com.
Questions about the program or how to donate can be directed to Cheryl at 218-568-7539 or CFKNisswa@gmail.com.
Christmas for Kids application forms for Pine River area families are available at the Pine River-Backus Family Center and are to be sent home with Pine River-Backus Elementary School students.
Applications should be returned by Dec. 1 to the family center. Chosen families will be notified by mail.
Donations can be sent or dropped off at the family center. Donation boxes will also be available at local businesses.
For more information on making donations or participating in Christmas for Kids, call the family center at 218-587-4292.