Departments collecting holiday donations to benefit tots, teens and the elderly

Would you like to brighten the holidays for a homeless teen, a senior citizen or a child hoping for a special toy? If so, be sure to check out these holiday donation drives organized by City employees.

YouthLink

Employees who would like to help homeless youths can bring a donation for YouthLink, a safe and supportive refuge from life on the street for homeless youth. Suggested donations for youth ages 16-21 include: cleaning/laundry supplies, cooking/kitchen items, personal hygiene items, household items or clothing.

Bring donations to: The Finance and Property Services Department at:  City Hall - room 325M or room 330, Crown Roller Mill - room 508, Public Service Center - room 230, Royalston Maintenance Facility or the Towle Building - room 550/552.

Donations accepted through Dec. 6.

Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association

Employees who would like to help the elderly can bring a donation for the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association, an agency that provides community health and related services. Suggested donations include: hats, gloves, scarves, slippers with grip-tread soles, socks, robes, bath towels, blankets, puzzles or large-print books.

Bring donations to: The Finance and Property Services Department at:  City Hall - room 325M or room 330, Crown Roller Mill - room 508, Public Service Center - room 230, Royalston Maintenance Facility or the Towle Building - room 550/552.

Donations accepted through Dec. 6.

Wish Tree

Employees can stop by the Mayor’s Office and select a wish tag from the “wish tree.” Each tag lists a child’s first name, age and a gift that the child hopes to receive for the holidays. When you select a wish tag, you are volunteering to shop for that gift for that child.

Bring donations to: Room 331, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

Wrapped gifts must be dropped off Dec. 14. Be sure to attach the tag with the child’s name so that the gifts will be ready when the children come to pick up their gifts.

Toys for Tots

The Toys for Tots program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, collects toys for children who might otherwise not receive a gift during the holidays.

New, unwrapped toys/gifts are especially needed for infants and teenagers. (Toys for Tots will not distribute realistic-looking weapons and food gifts.)

Bring donations to: Minneapolis Development Review, Room 300, Development Review, Public Service Center, 250 S. Fourth St.

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 17.

 

Published Dec 5, 2012