This is what we like to call Santa Claus Girls week. It all starts with an employee “sandbag” line to bring the toys, games and etc. up from the basement of the Herald. Santa Claus Girls shop year round to get the best deals on merchandise.
Everything is put into our community room and is sorted into boys, girls and age appropriate categories. After the sorting, Santa Claus Girls go through the lists received and put the packages together. This year approximately 750 children will receive packages.
On Wednesday, a group of volunteers packed the goodie bags consisting of fruit snacks, animal crackers, a candy bar and a candy cane. These goodie bags are included with each package. It took about an hour to make up 750 bags.
Oh by the way – in addition to the sweet stuff, everyone also receives toothpaste.
The completed packages need to be ready to go early Friday morning. Recipients receive a card in the mail prior to distribution day. They can pick up packages at the Herald Friday morning with their card or a volunteer driver will deliver the packages to those who are unable to come to the Herald.
Donations can be sent to Santa Claus Girls, Grand Forks Herald, Box 6008, Grand Forks, ND 58206-6008 We have included a form you can download and print out to send in with your donation. THANK YOU!