The Estherville community should be extremely proud of the Community Christmas Project which took place yesterday (Tuesday) at the Duhigg Center.
Initiated and coordinated by the Estherville Area Ministerial Association, this project served 984 individuals this year, which translates into 192 men, 282 women, and 510 children. This means that 984 individuals in Emmet County will have Christmas gifts this year, and be assured that their neighbors and friends in Christian love really do care about them and their well-being.
The Estherville Community Christmas Project is a marvelous example of a total community cooperation.
Volunteers from the Ministerial Association churches spend many days working together, organizing the project, doing the necessary leg work, buying, and working with the churches, organizations, merchants, and individuals, as well as the Department of Human Services, and Upper Des Moines Opportunity. Much credit must be given to the media for the publicity, and also to St. Patrick's Church for donating their Duhigg Center facility for the days of the project.
Gifts for the project come from many sources. Individuals contribute gifts through their churches, merchants are very helpful, service and civic organizations participate, and many individuals contribute funds, which are used to purchase any needed gifts that may not have been donated. This project takes on added meaning each year for many of the volunteers as they seek to continue this tradition of service, which began before 1982, in memory of those volunteers who have helped over the years, but are not longer able to participate.
Father Brian Hughes,
For the Estherville Area Ministerial Association