Food Shelf Holiday Program-Dec. 16th volunteer opportunity

One of our favorite volunteer activities is the annual toy packing event supporting the Second Harvest Itasca Holiday Program. Our group is signed up to participate again this year. If you plan to come, please mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 16-location: Zion Lutheran Church. Packing begins at 9:00am so please arrive at approx. 8:50am. The project should be completed between 11:00-12:00.

Our task that day is to select gifts for children ages 0-12 from big piles of new items, donated by our community, that have been sorted by age and gender. The process is quite orderly and will be explained by the program coordinator before we begin. A few people also will be asked to work at the “battery station” or at tables where they check the selected items to make sure they are an appropriate choice for the child identified on the gift tag (for example, we wouldn’t want to give a complicated board game to a toddler). After every child has been “shopped for” in this way, the bags are loaded up to be delivered with food boxes to families in communities throughout the county.

Hope you can join us! This is a fun way to help brighten the holiday season for area kids and their families.-Amy Bean

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