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Wishing Tree Project helps Ballard families

The Clothes Pantry “Wishing Tree Project” will begin the 2013 Holiday Season of Giving on Saturday, Nov. 23 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 8. Residents living in the Ballard School District are eligible to request assistance with buying gifts for their children. Community members should come in during open hours and fill out a “Wish List” and put it on the tree.

Pantry hours are: Sundays 1 - 3 p.m., Wednesdays 4 - 6, p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - noon.

Community members wanting to fulfill these wishes should also come in during these days and take a “list” home to purchase some of the items requested.

Gifts purchased need to be returned to the pantry by Wednesday, Dec. 11. It is up to the individual whether or not to wrap the gifts. It is recommended to put gifts in a large bag, along with wrapping paper and tape, as well as the list/glove they selected. Parents then could wrap the gifts themselves.

Gifts may be picked up by families at the pantry on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15, during open hours, unless other arrangements have been made.

For questions about the project or to select a family if these hours do not work, call Jeriann McLaughlin at 515-597-2971, Ext: 2190 at Ballard High School, 515-291-3543 or email jmclaughlin@ballard.k12.ia.us.

The pantry is located behind Ballard Creek Retirement Center on North Hwy 69 in Huxley.

Please take time to help make a difference in your community!

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