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Operation HELP kicks off Christmas campaign

Representing Associated Bank are, front from left, Tammy Herbst, Cecilia Jaap, Jon Stow, Julie Holbrook, Tammy Greene and, from Operation HELP, Mary Ellner and Les Berg; back, Associated Bank employees Jason Stoll, Laurie Wotruba, Al Kiecker, Eric Overvig and Denise Krogman. The group is standing next to one of three Christmas trees filled with tags identifying gifts for over 100 families within the Hudson School District. Operation HELP will collect the items. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Operation HELP and Associated Bank have joined forces to provide local families with Christmas cheer.

An "angel tree" has been set up at Associated's downtown, Crest View and Coulee offices, with decorated tags suggesting gifts for local families in need. This year, over 100 families within the Hudson School District are on the list.

Bank patrons are asked to select a gift tag and return it with the gift by Dec. 15. These items will be donated to several families the bank has chosen to sponsor.

This is the third year of the "angel tree" campaign at Associated.