For many of us, the holiday season is a time to exchange presents and share a delicious meal with family and friends. For others, the season is a painful reminder of empty cupboards and the gifts they can’t afford to buy for their kids. During the holiday season, the demand is always high for families who have to make the difficult decision to ask organizations in the community for help. Fortunately for the less fortunate, there are many groups and individuals willing to step up to the plate.
For the last nine years, Prime Advertising & Design has partnered with CROSS Services to provide local families with plenty of food during the holiday season and local children with Christmas presents to unwrap.
As you begin Christmas shopping for your loved ones, we encourage you to throw a few extra food and toy items into your cart for those in need. Food shelf donations of all shapes and sizes are welcome and will be put to good use. CROSS’s suggested list of most-needed food items includes:
- Pancake Mix & Syrup
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Pasta & Pasta Sauce
- Sugar & Flour
- Skillet Dinners
- Canned Meat (Tuna, Chicken, etc.)
- Salad Dressing
- And More!
Holiday food items are also popular donations (turkey/ham, stuffing, gravy, etc.) as well as essential non-food items like shampoo, laundry detergent and toilet paper. CROSS’s suggested gift list for youth and teens includes a wide variety of clothing, electronics, games, toys and gift certificates.
For a child, few things are more magical than opening a present on Christmas morning. We all know it’s better to give than to receive, so join our mission to make this holiday season special for everyone in the community. Our giving can make a big difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.
We invite everyone to stop by our office anytime between the hours of 8 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday, to drop off your food and gift items in our collection area in our main entrance. On Dec. 18, Prime will deliver all donations to Lord of Life Lutheran Church for their large group collection and CROSS distribution. For more information on making a donation, visit CROSSservices.org or call Prime at 763-551-3700.