Help support the Isanti County Christmas Project

Dear Editor:

The Isanti County Christmas Project is busy formulating plans for the 2012 Holiday Season. Unfortunately, Christmas does not mean joyous celebration for many families and children in Isanti County.

To them, Christmas is a painful reminder of not enough to eat, and no money for a tree or gifts. Last year you helped Santa add a few extra gifts to his sleigh and it made a difference. Over 428 families, and 887 children and seniors received food boxes, gifts and clothing last year.

For the past 28 years the Isanti Lion’s Club has coordinated this county-wide project; soliciting and recruiting gifts, food, and money from persons and/or groups, and businesses in Isanti County, and then distributing the donated items to individuals and families in need that are referred to us from many sources within Isanti County.

All donations of food or gifts are distributed throughout and only in Isanti County. There are no paid personnel so every penny of your monetary donations goes toward purchasing gifts and food for those in need with the greatest emphasis on children and seniors.

By collectively pooling our resources and efforts we can help a larger number of those in need with little or no duplication. You can make a difference. Last year over $44,581 in donated food, gifts and clothing was given those in need.

Contact Tom Pagel at 763-444-6560 with any questions, comments or for further information. Donations should be made payable to the Isanti County Christmas Project and mailed to: Isanti Lion’s Club, c/o Tom Pagel, 28339 Bayshore Drive NW, Isanti, MN 55040. We will begin receiving food and gift items on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Isanti Community Center. We will distribute the food and gift items on Dec. 15. Best Wishes for the fast approaching joyful Christmas Season and Happy New Year.

Tom Pagel, Project Coordinator
Isanti Lion’s Club