Organizations create database for distributing gifts to families

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

EAU CLAIRE, WIS. (WEAU) -- Two hours away from December and the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley are collecting toys for their annual drive.

Last year it helped more than 300 families during the holidays. But this year, along with The Beacon House and Salvation Army, is trying something new. Teaming up and sharing with each other where their donated gifts go.

"So we all met together, we've created a database so we know who is coming in, what families are sponsored and how we can help the most," said Sara Antonson, the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley.

She says it is about efficiency and ensuring all families who need gifts this Christmas can get them.

"We have had issues in the past where we found families have gone to several different organizations, and it's so important to us to try and reach as many families as we can," she said.

Kelly Christianson with the Eau Claire's Interfaith Hospitality Network, which runs the Beacon House, also says it is about efficiency and that the problems have been minor.

"There were maybe just a few folks that were taking advantage of things, but that's a minority compared to the rest," Christianson said.

A team effort, trying to make the holidays even happier.

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