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Bedding for children on Christmas wish lists

New bedding and warm clothing are among the items parents requested for their children during this year's sign up through the Toys for Girls and Boys and Tiny Tots.

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Tanja Zentz, with help from her dad "Santa" John Zentz and other family members, collect donations from the community and distribute them to families in need. Enterprise file photo.

This is the fifth year that Tanja Zentz has coordinated the program, with help from other family members. Most years, parents ask for toys to brighten the holiday season for their children.

“This year lots of families are requesting bedding, sheets and comforters,” she said. “So sad. And lots of requests for sweatshirts and jogger-style sweatpants for the teenagers. And more toys are always needed. We still have families signing up last minute.”

As of Nov. 29, 172 families had signed up for the program. “We expect more before pickup,” Zentz said.

Donations needed

Toys for Girls and Boys and Tiny Tots also needs donations of toys and gift cards. Toy drop boxes are located at Coborn’s, Hugo’s, Walgreens, Ace Hardware, Jake's Barbershop, Walmart and the radio station in Park Rapids. The Park Rapids Enterprise is unable to be a drop-off location this year due to remodeling at its new office.

Gifts can also be ordered online and delivered to Toys for Girls and Boys, 16095 Garnet Drive, Park Rapids, MN 56470.

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Another way to help is to buy a gift card from a store or restaurant, put it in an envelope labeled Toys for Girls and Boys and drop it off at TruStar Federal Credit Union in Nevis or Park Rapids. Cash donations will also be accepted at TruStar.

Volunteers are also needed to bag gifts Dec. 13-15 at Abide Vineyard Church on Hwy. 34 in Park Rapids.

“I’m at the church until 9 p.m. on those days,” Zentz said. “Volunteers come and go. The busiest times are usually from 3 to 6 p.m.”

Toy distribution to families will be from 10 a.m. until noon Dec. 16 and 17.

For information about volunteering to pick up, sort and bag the toys, send a text to 218-255-6056 or email tanjaz27@icloud.com.

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