Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Saint Mary’s Gifts for Winona hits record high; gifts due Dec. 12

WINONA, Minn. — The deadline is fast approaching to return gifts to the Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona giving trees. Because the community distribution is early, gifts MUST be returned to giving trees by Dec. 12!

As a record number of individuals — more than 1,800 — have asked for help through this program this year, the deadline is even more of a priority, so that this large number of gifts may be properly sorted and recorded.

There’s still time to help! While you’re doing your holiday shopping, think about those less fortunate in our community who may not be able to afford presents.

In this spirit of giving, take time to purchase a gift for one (or more) of these 1,800 individuals (children to seniors) who have asked for our help this year. Trees are located at the Winona Public Library, Scrapper’s Haven, the three Wells Fargo Bank locations, the three Sinclair stations, the Winona Post, Affinity Plus, and Security State Bank in Lewiston.

You can make someone’s season merrier by taking a tag from one of the trees, shopping for the gift or gifts the person has listed on the tag, wrapping the gifts and returning the them to the tree where you got your tag. Donors are asked to spend about $30 per person.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made out to Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona and sent to 700 Terrace Heights #8, Winona, Minn., 55987.

Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona depends upon the generosity of our community, which has been very gracious in years past. The program’s other community sponsors — Wells Fargo Bank, Winona Post, Winona Radio and Winona Volunteer Services, — want to make sure no one goes home empty handed.