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The Season of Giving

Toys and Santa pictures

Applebee's is holding breakfast and photos with Santa from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the restaurant, 2201 Coulee Road. Cost for the pancake breakfast is $5. Proceeds go to Toys for Tots. Those attending may also bring a toy to donate.

Gifts for senior citizens

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of St. Croix County is collecting items for its annual Secret Santa for Seniors 60 and over. Donated items are sorted, wrapped and distributed to isolated older adults who live in the county. Items can be dropped off through Dec. 12 at the ADRC office in the Government Center or the Hudson Senior Center, located on the Christian Community Home campus. Toiletries are needed along with non-perishable snacks, puzzle books, greeting cards, postage stamps, large-print books, coffee, tea and cocoa, and fragrance-free items. For more information, call ADRC at (800) 372-2333.

Food drop-offs

--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.

--Dr. Jennifer Shupe of Croixview Family Chiropractic, 901 Dominion Drive, Suite B, is also collecting items through December; (715) 381-9965.

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.

Cookbooks for charity

WESTconsin Credit Union has compiled a cookbook of 1,000 recipes from its members and staff and is selling copies for $14 each at any WESTconsin office. Proceeds support Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, western Wisconsin's local Children's Miracle Network hospital.

Toys for Tots at schools

The Hudson High School cheerleading program is spearheading a districtwide Toys for Tots drive - students and community members can participate by bringing in new, unwrapped toys or money donations to any Hudson public school office by Dec. 18. All toys and money will serve families in St. Croix, Pierce, Polk and Dunn counties. For more information, contact cheerleading coach Suzi Robole at or (715) 377-3800.

Operation HELP

Annual Christmas campaign helps children and families in the Hudson School District. Families with children in the school district who wish to be sponsored, and anyone wishing to sponsor a family, should contact Jennifer Lukas at (715) 377-9990 after 6 p.m. on weeknights or between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends. To volunteer on the campaign Dec. 15-18, call (715) 386-0881 and leave a message with a phone number.

Salvation Army bell ringers

The Salvation Army needs bell ringers to staff the red kettles around Hudson immediately. Locations include County Market, Family Fresh Foods, Wal-Mart, Fleet Farm and Papa Murphy's Pizza. To volunteer for a shift, contact Amy at (715) 554-7127. This year's goal is $100,000 to help those less fortunate in our community.


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