CROSS Services is hoping to make the holiday season a little brighter for families in need this year with the help of generous community donations and volunteer assistance. With the holiday season near, families of nearly 1,000 children from the Rogers, Maple Grove, Osseo, west Champlin, Corcoran and Dayton communities will receive support at the CROSS Holiday Toy Shop.
In addition to providing food, clothing, and housing assistance, CROSS provides support to families to ensure they have the opportunity to prepare for school and enjoy family celebrations throughout the year, such as the Holiday Toy Shop.
A few of the items in greatest need in 2014 are gifts for teenagers. A few ideas include gifts cards for books, clothing, entertainment, and general merchandise. Other suggestions include skates, books, watches, CD’s or DVD’s, athletic shoes, art sets, sports t-shirts, board games, and handheld games.
Several business and organizations are continuing to collect toy and/or food donations for families in need through CROSS in December. Toy donations will also be accepted at the CROSS Holiday Toy Shop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 7401 County Road 101 in Maple Grove.
Remember, look for the CROSS Services barrel or sign to know the nonperishable food and/or new, unwrapped toy donation will stay right in the community. The following are drop off sites:
• 21st Century Bank, 21660 S. Diamond Lake Road in Rogers
Accepting food, toy, and monetary donations through Dec. 15
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
• Edward Jones, 131 Central Avenue, Osseo
Accepting food and toy donations through Dec. 18
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday
• Fish Lake Chiropractic, 7494 East Fish Lake Road in Maple Grove
Accepting food donations through Dec. 22
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
• Frankie’s Pizza, 13724 83rd Way in Maple Grove
Accepting donations through Dec. 18 during regular business hours
• Kalla Lily, Maple Grove and Medina locations, 9851 Maple Grove Parkway N., Maple Grove
Accepting donations through Dec. 16
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
• 325 Clydesdale Trail, Suite 300 in Medina
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
• Maple Grove Hospital, 9875 Hospital Drive in Maple Grove
Accepting food and toy donations through Dec. 31
• Maximum Recycling, 21025 S. Diamond Lake Road in Rogers
Accepting food donations through Dec. 31
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
• Spark Kindness collecting:
Rush Creek Elementary (partnership with Rush Creek Student Council), 8801 County Road 101, Maple Grove
Basswood Elementary, 15425 Bass Lake Road, Maple Grove
Accepting toy donations through Dec. 18
• Talisman Hair Studio, 8125 Wedgwood Lane North, Maple Grove
Accepting food donations through Dec. 13
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
• True Value Rogers, 21351 John Milless Drive in Rogers
Accepting donations through Dec. 18
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
For more information, contact CROSS at 763-425-1050 or visit the website at www.CROSSservices.org.