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The Season of Giving

To have your group included, e-mail or call (715) 386-9333.

Operation HELP

The annual Christmas campaign coordinated by Operation HELP is looking for additional sponsors for the 2009 holiday event. Sponsors provide gifts and clothing items for families with children in the Hudson School District who would otherwise not have a Christmas experience. Other opportunities to help include providing household and personal hygiene products and donations for food for a holiday meal. Anyone interested in being a sponsor, making a donation or volunteering in the campaign, can contact Jennifer at and send your full name, address and a phone number at which you can be contacted. Families who wish to be sponsored should also send the same information. If you cannot access email, call (715)377-9990 and leave a message.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has already begun its kettle campaign in Hudson, but the organization is in need of more bell ringers if they are to raise their goal of $100,000 for those in need in St. Croix County. The campaign will run this weekend and daily after Thanksgiving at five locations in Hudson, County Market, Family Fresh, Wal-Mart, Fleet Farm and Papa Murphy's. More than 85 percent of the money donated in St. Croix County stays in the county to serve residents in need of emergency assistance for rent, utilities and other expenses. To make a donation or to volunteer for a shift of two hours or more, call the Salvation Army at (715) 247-2944.

Food drop-off

The Century 21 real estate offices in Hudson and River Falls are accepting non-perishable food items through December during regular business hours. The Hudson office is located near the Freedom Valu Center on Coulee Road.

Toys and coats

WESTconsin Credit Union, 1601 Maxwell Drive, Hudson, is a collection site for Operation HELP's toy and coat drive. New, unwrapped items for children of all ages, birth-18, may be dropped off through Dec. 13, Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Secret Santa for elderly, disabled

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of St. Croix County is collecting items for its annual Secret Santa program now through Dec. 11. Donated items are sorted, wrapped, and distributed to isolated older adults and individuals with disabilities who live in the county.

Items can be dropped off at the St. Croix County Government Center, 1101

Carmichael Road, Hudson. The following items are recommended: holiday candy, word search books, puzzle books, Christmas music/CDs, Christmas movies/DVDs, stationery, greeting cards, postage stamps, hot chocolate mixes, teas, flavored coffees, franchised restaurant gift certificates and money. For more information, call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-800-372-2333.

Toys for Tots

Anyone wishing to make a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or gift for the Toys for Tots campaign can do so at the Hudson Edward Jones at 596 Outpost Circle, Suite G. The financial services and investment office is run by Paul Simmons. For more information call (715) 531-1307.

Toys, money donations

Edina Realty is collecting toys, gifts and money donations for Operation HELP. Drop off new, unwrapped items at 400 Second St. until Dec. 10. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 8:30-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. -4 p.m.