Less than a week before Christmas, Christmas for Kids is low on funds and is hoping the community will help with monetary donations to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area low-income children and their families.
The nonprofit organization provides Christmas presents to about 250-280 children, infants through high school students, who live in the communities of Pequot Lakes, Jenkins, Lake Shore, Merrifield, Breezy Point, Ideal Township and Nisswa. All monetary and gift donations go directly toward families in need.
Katie Wagener, president of Christmas for Kids, said she received referrals of 10 new families on Monday alone, which includes 13 children. Wagener said her organization right now has about $1,000 in the bank and she still has more children to shop for, as well as a bill for $4,000 for food ordered for the families’ Christmas meals. She said she is set on toys, but still needs to purchase coats and boots for some children on her list. Wagener said she is expecting some monetary donations in January, which will help.
“It will come eventually, it’s just a matter of how fast,” Wagener explained, on monetary donations. “And it’s going to be barely getting by.”
Right now the organization has 62 families enrolled in the program but Wagener expects they’ll have about 80 families by the end of the week. Each child receives an outfit, a pair of pajamas and three or four items off their Christmas wish list. Their family also receives a holiday meal from Schaefer’s Foods in Nisswa. Area law enforcement deliver the gifts and food on Christmas Eve.
On Thursday, dozens of volunteers will wrap the presents at the Nisswa Community Center.
Those who wish to send a monetary donation may send a check to Christmas for Kids, 1332 County Road 29, Lake Shore, MN 56468. For more information, contact Wagener at 851-2211.
JODIE TWEED may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5858.