The Estherville community should be extremely proud of the Community Christmas Project, which took place Tuesday at Duhigg Center.
Initiated and coordinated by the Estherville Area Ministerial Association, this project served 836 individuals this year, which translates into 168 men, 241 women, and 427 children. This means that 836 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 legwork, 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 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 no longer able to participate.
Rev. Doug Burton, President
Estherville Area Ministerial Association