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Letter: Annual children's Christmas benefit seeks donations

For the past nine years, "Children's Christmas Benefit" has helped bring the joy of the Holiday Season to children of disadvantaged families. The efforts of kindhearted individuals like you have made this event a success.

Join local businesses in supporting the Children's Christmas Benefit. Our goal for this Christmas season is to sponsor 30-40 families from Hunger Solutions Minnesota. These families are in desperate need of your generous support.

When you give from your heart, these children will have the experience of Santa and his elves delivering the joy of Christmas to their homes.

We are seeking cash donations, gift certificates (Kohl's, Best Buy, Target) toys and clothing items.

For a list of age-appropriate toys and clothing items and sizes, please contact us prior to purchasing.

Many people like yourselves have already made their donation. Won't you join them in this crusade to help these disadvantaged and underprivileged children?

Donations are needed by December 15.

Please make a tax-deductible check out to Children's Christmas Benefit. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at Associated Bank, Attn: Children's Christmas Benefit, 1835 Radio Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125.

Other items can be dropped off at: Countrywide Bank, FSB, ATTN: Steve Brown, 803 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 101, Woodbury, MN 55125

Thank you for sharing your Christmas spirit with others.

For additional information contact Steve Brown at Countrywide Bank, (651) 734-6781 or, or Valerie Hockert at (320) 298-0130 or

Steve Brown