Gingerbread Giving Trees Are Going Up For Children In Need This Holiday Season

Itasca Holiday Program Is "Feeding Hope For The Holidays" By Collecting Money & Toy Donations For Children And Families.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. —

The holidays are just around the corner and the thoughts of how you can give back this holiday season are starting to arrive.

“Gingerbread Giving Trees” are going up across churches and local businesses throughout Itasca county for children in need.

Itasca Holiday Program has been “Feeding Hope For The Holidays” for 23 years. Making sure that families and individuals that are tight on money, have food and gifts for their families during the holidays. Because for some families, it’s the decision to pay their heating bill or to give their children a holiday meal and gifts.

“People need it. There are people out there who just can’t buy gifts for their children and who are unable to provide food for their children during the holidays. We just want to make sure that everybody has what they need during the holiday season.” explained Development and Marketing Manager Trisha Zimmerman.

So how can you help?

  • Find a tree put up inside local Grand Rapids businesses and remove a gingerbread. Each gingerbread has a gender and age written on it. Then you purchase a gift for that child and drop it off at Itasca Holiday Program.
  • Drop off money or toy donations at Itasca Holiday Program.
  • Mail donations to Itasca Holiday Program.
  • Start a drive on Facebook.
  • Throw a holiday party with co-workers or friends and have them donate as well.
  • Toy Drop Off: December 4-15th at Zion Church in Grand Rapids.
  • Any Toys for Tots in Itasca County will go to the Itasca Holiday Program.

The cash donations will be used to purchase healthy food such as fresh fruit and vegetables.

Money donations will also go towards a grocery gift card to buy turkey, ham and all the fixings for a holiday dinner.

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