Last year, 836 individuals in Emmet County benefitted from the Community Christmas Project, and donations are needed to again make the project a success.
The 836 individuals represent 260 households including 168 men, 241 women and 427 children.
Persons selected by the Department of Human Services and Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc., or those recommended for participation by area clergy who are members of the Estherville Area Ministerial Association may participate in the project. Qualifying persons must request a Christmas Project coupon from UDMO or obtain one from a clergy member of the Estherville Area Ministerial Association. All three organizations are project sponsors.
All cash donations and gifts remain in Emmet County. Since 1982, the project has depended on the generosity of organizations, clubs, businesses, individuals and churches.
New items are needed for men, women and children. Please do not wrap items. Suggested items include sweatshirts and pants, shirts, T-shirts, underwear, pajamas for small children or adults, nightgowns, socks, mittens, scarves, quilts, blankets, sheets, pillows, bath towels, kitchen towels, blanket sleepers, toys, games, dolls, puzzles and new books.
Donations may be made at any Estherville Area Ministerial Association church through Sunday, Nov. 25.
The Community Christmas Project will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Duhigg Center, and again, please use the south door. Parents are asked not to bring their children with them when they come to select gifts at the Christmas Project, if at all possible.
Check donations may be made payable to The Community Christmas Project and sent to Community Christmas Project, P.O. Box 383, Estherville, IA 51334-0383.