Nonprofit gears up to deliver gifts to families in need this holiday season

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area organization may not have any elves, hammers or nails at its workshop but it’s still preparing to deliver joy to kids around the Chippewa Valley.

The Spirit of Christmas of Chippewa County has begun preparing to deliver gifts to children this holiday season.

Packing Chairman Glen Zwiefelhofer said, “I think every child should be able to experience a couple of days of happiness. For young children Santa Claus and Christmas relate to toys.”

The nonprofit spent Monday organizing donations from around the area at the Machine Tool Camp on W. River St which is space donated by Scott and Mary Keuphsman.

“You're looking at roughly $150,000 if you think about it and do the math it's about that much money. The Chippewa Valley is a generous community,” said Zwiefelhofer.

The organization says around 1,500 kids around the Chippewa Valley will receive anywhere from $75 -$100 dollars in toys, clothes and other goodies.

Zwiefelhofer added, “The young kids will usually, as a rule, get color books, and crayons, and sock sand underwear and mittens and hats to all the kids we can.”

Families in need can fill out an application for gifts and the organization does it's best to fill all the requests of children usually up to the age of 17.

“Our organization is geared up until 17-years-old, that's our priority. We'll serve older people if we have money and funds and items that come in but we're basically here for children.”

There are applications available at the Salvation Army in Chippewa Falls or the Chippewa County Department of Human Services.

If you're interested in getting involved you can pick up a tag to sponsor a child at area businesses including the Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce, Bravo Salon and Northwestern Bank

For a gift donation you can drop it off at Central Lutheran Church during their normal business hours or for a cash donations send it to the Spirit of Christmas of Chippewa County, Inc., P.O. Box 831, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

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