Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 25, 2013

Operation Santa kicks off another year

The Daily Iowegian

---- — It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas giving. Operation Santa has kicked off another year.

On Monday, Nov. 1 applications will become available for those families wishing to apply. They can be obtained at the SEIDA offices. Only applications for households with at least one child 15 years old or younger will be accepted as Operation Santa recipients.

One of the goals of Operation Santa is to make sure every child who needs warm mittens/gloves and hats will receive them. Donations of these items are greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to donate hats or mittens/gloves may contact Operation Santa at (641) 437-3450.

Monetary gifts can be mailed to the following: Operation Santa, P.O. Box 161, Centerville, IA 52544.

Start looking through your closets for good, used, clean winter coats you no longer need for distribution to those in need. Especially needed are children’s coats. Operation Santa will be collecting coats only at The Jackson Home Center located on the north side of the square from Nov. 1-30. No other clothing items will be accepted.

Mitten trees for the 2013 Operation Santa program will go up in the area the week of Thanksgiving. Remember to watch the Daily Iowegian/Ad Express for mitten tree locations.

An entire family can be “adopted” by calling the Adoption Hotline at (641) 437-3450. That line will be open starting Nov. 1. When calling this number, you will be asked to leave a voice mail message and someone from the committee will contact you with details. Adoption includes gifts for the children of a family as well as non-perishable food for Christmas dinner. This is a beneficial and rewarding way to get into the spirit of giving by becoming an anonymous Santa’s helper.

Volunteers are needed and always welcome. Anyone interested in helping with the Operation Santa Program can contact any committee member or call the phone number listed above. Any amount of help you can give will be appreciated and needed in order to make the program continue to be successful.