Holiday gift giving program’s first deadline Nov. 15

By Judy Buckingham, Guest Columnist

The 16th year of the holiday gift giving program is again under way. The forms for this program have changed, so if you have forms from prior years, they will not be accepted. New forms are located at Walmart and Coborn’s in Little Falls and must be returned by Nov. 15 to those two locations for those families in need this holiday season.

Last year, the community of Morrison County helped provide for 310 families in the Morrison County area. That is so exciting. This community and the surrounding communities are so giving and concerned about others in the area, it makes me feel so blessed to be a part of it.

Forms need to be returned to Walmart or Coborn’s by Nov. 15 in order for us to get the tags completed. Tags will be out in the area for people to shop for starting at Thanksgiving. It gives the community approximately one month to get the tags filled.

The pickup date for the gifts will be Saturday, Dec. 22, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at 603 Fourth Ave. N.E. (the green building between Sixth and Seventh Streets Northeast). There will be no special notification for this date. The date, time and location for pickup will also be on the application for the families.

If there are any changes, they will be posted in the Morrison County Record or on Little Falls Radio. If there are any groups, clubs or businesses that would like to fill tags, they may call me, Judy Buckingham, at (320) 630-8497. If there are any businesses, clubs or groups that would like to make a cash donation, they can be mailed to Judy Buckingham at 413 First St. N.E., Little Falls, MN, 56345 with the checks made out to the “Holiday Gift Giving Program.”

Volunteers are always needed as well. You can contact me if you are interested in volunteering your time between Dec. 1 – 22.

The community has always pulled together to help the needy families, and I’m sure that this year will be no exception. Thank you for your continued support of the program. It makes me proud to be a citizen of this community.

Judy Buckingham is a resident of Little Falls and is the Holiday Gift Giving Program coordinator.