Toy drop off sites for CROSS Services Holiday Toy Shop

Each year, the holiday season is made a little brighter for more than 900 local children receiving gifts through the CROSS Holiday Toy Shop – made possible through the generosity of community donations and volunteer assistance.
In addition to providing food, clothing, and housing assistance, local nonprofit CROSS Services provides support to families living in Champlin (west), Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo and Rogers to ensure they have the opportunity to enjoy family celebrations throughout the year. Families seeking assistance this holiday season are encouraged to visit CROSSservices.org or call 763-425-1050 for more information.
Several businesses are collecting toy and/or food donations for families in need through CROSS Services in November and December. Toy donations are also accepted 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 7401 County Road 101, Maple Grove.
Items in greatest need for 2015 are gifts for teenagers. A few ideas include gifts cards for books, clothing, entertainment, and general merchandise. Other suggestions include headphones/ear buds, tool sets, sport bags, video games and board games.

The CROSS Holiday Toy Shop is now accepting donations for children and teens. Area businesses are drop off sites. Toy donations are also accepted 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 7401 County Road 101 in Maple Grove.
The CROSS Holiday Toy Shop is now accepting donations for children and teens. Area businesses are drop off sites. Toy donations are also accepted 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 7401 County Road 101 in Maple Grove.

Look for the CROSS Services barrel or signs at the businesses and events below to know your nonperishable food and/or new, unwrapped toy donation will help a local family.
• 21st Century Bank, 21660 South Diamond Lake Road, Rogers —  Now through Dec. 15. Collecting new, unwrapped toys, nonperishable food, and monetary donations. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours
• Dairy Queen – Maple Grove, 13770 83rd Way N., Maple Grove —  Nov. 30 through Dec. 17. Collecting new, unwrapped toys. Donations can be dropped off daily between 10:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
• Dairy Queen – Rogers, 13560 Rogers Drive, Rogers — Nov. 30 through Dec. 17. Collecting nonperishable food. Donations can be dropped off daily between 10:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
• EyeWest Vision Clinic in Rogers, 13900 Northdale Boulevard, Rogers — Collecting nonperishable food. Donations can be dropped off: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, or 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
• Kalla Lily – Maple Grove, 9851 Maple Grove Parkway, Maple Grove — Collecting new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food. Now through Dec. 17. Donations can be dropped off: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
• Maple Grove Smiles Dentistry, 12737 Elm Creek Boulevard N., Maple Grove — Now through Dec. 17. Collecting new, unwrapped toys. Donations can be dropped off: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and  9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.
• Paradise Car Wash, 13521 80th Circle N., Maple Grove — Collecting new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food. Donations can be dropped off: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
• Park Dental – Champlin, 12180 Business Park Blvd. N., Champlin — Collecting new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food. Now through Dec. 17. Donations can be dropped off: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Food donations will also be accepted during the “Skate with Santa” event Dec. 20 in Champlin.
• Prime Advertising and Design, 6450 Wedgwood Road N. Suite 100, Maple Grove —  Collecting new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours.
• Snap Fitness Maple Grove, 9475 Garland Lane N., Maple Grove — Collecting new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours.
• Spire Credit Union Maple Grove, 9580 Blackoaks Lane N., Maple Grove —  Now through Dec. 11. Collecting new, unwrapped toys. Donations can be dropped off:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
• Wenck Associates, 1800 Pioneer Creek Center, Maple Plain — Through Dec. 11. Collecting nonperishable food. Donations can be dropped off 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Upcoming Events
The following are other events where the public can drop off donations for the CROSS Holiday Toy Shop:
• Santa’s Magical Workshop — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Fountains at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove. Stop by Dave and Buster’s during the annual Santa’s Magical Workshop and drop off a new, unwrapped toy and nonperishable food item.
• Light the Grove at Maple Grove Hospital — 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at 9875 Hospital Drive in Maple Grove. Caroling, horse-drawn trolley rides, meet Santa, and take photos with his reindeer — and drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the CROSS Holiday Toy Shop and/or a nonperishable food donation. Collection continues through Dec. 14.
• Breakfast with Santa — Hosted by the Rogers Lions Club 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Rogers Community Center, 21201 Memorial Drive in Rogers. Free will donation. All proceeds go to CROSS. Children are invited to bring a canned food donation for the food shelf and receive a free picture with Santa.