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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Local opportunities to help those less fortunate this holiday season

  • Several schools and organizations around the area have organized donation drives to give to those less fortunate this holiday season.


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  • Several schools and organizations around the area have organized donation drives to give to those less fortunate this holiday season.
    Drop off sites for Santa's Closet are McCabe's Ace Hardware, Brown County REA, SouthPoint Federal Credit Union, Bic App/Norwood Dairy Queen and the Chamber office.
    New, unwrapped gifts, mittens and hats are welcome and especially needed for ages 10-14.
    The Sertoma Cub will be making the rounds picking up the donations on Friday morning, Dec. 9. Dairy Queen is giving a free mini blizzard for a donation of a toy worth over $5.
    Jessica and Rebecca Schmitz of the Stark Happy Hustler 4H Club and Catholic Financial Life (formerly Catholic Knights) will be collecting new packages of socks and underwear and new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and scarves of all sizes to send to the Rochester site of St. Vincent DePaul Society.
    The St. Vincent DePaul Society is a national organization that helps people out who are struggling with homelessness, loss of jobs and other difficulties that cause people to need a helping hand.
    The donated items are distributed to people in Minnesota who are in need.
    Donations can be dropped off at St. Mary's School or the Chamber office until Jan. 1.
    For more information, contact Jessica or Rebecca Schmitz at 507-794-7570.
    Sleepy Eye Elementary Public School will be hosting "The Giving Tree" for the month of December.
    All students and staff are encouraged to donate canned foods or a monetary gift to the Sleepy Eye Food Shelf.
    A decorated Christmas tree in the elementary is where donated items can be placed.
    The goal of the school is to collect 1,000 or more canned food items from Dec. 1-22.
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