The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

November 20, 2013

Operation Santa mitten trees serving local children

Mitten trees for the 2013 Operation Santa program went up in the area this past weekend. There are 197 families approved in Appanoose County for Operation Santa with a total of 445 children in need of gifts this Christmas. Mitten trees can be found at the following locations:

Alliant Energy Call Center, B and K Machining, Barker and Co., Golden Age Care Center, Lee Container Corp., Mercy Medical Center-Centerville, Walmart, Wells Manufacturing, Cincinnati Community Church, Drake Ave. Christian Church, Faith United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

You can choose one or more of the paper mittens which contains the sex, age and size of a child. The identity of all those who sign up for Operation Santa is kept confidential. Wrapped gifts are to be returned to the location where the mitten was obtained by Sunday, Dec. 8. Be sure the mitten is securely attached to your wrapped gift and the contents of package are marked on the back side of mitten. This mitten is needed to make sure the gift reaches the child for which it was intended.

Once again contributions of good used coats are being accepted. These items can be taken to The Jackson Home Center and will be distributed to those who need them.

Distribution of gifts will be on Friday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. until noon at the old Mr. Movies building in the mall. Volunteers are needed during the week before distribution day. If you can give some time, contact the hotline at (641) 437-3450 and leave a message and a committee member will return your call.

Monetary gifts can be mailed to:

Operation Santa

P.O. Box 161

Centerville, IA 52544

Look for the bright green and red mitten trees and pick up yours today. Your continued support for the success of this program is greatly appreciated.

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