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Be a Santa to a Senior

Be a Santa to a SeniorJoin Southern Minnesota Nurses in a give-to-your-community event by donating to the “Be a Santa to a Senior” project. Items needed include:

  • Hand/body lotion
  • Body wash
  • Reading glasses
  • Large word finds
  • Jigsaw puzzles (large pieces)
  • Gift baskets with coffee, tea cookies or candy
  • Prepaid phone card
  • Stamps and stationery
  • Magnifier
  • Playing cards
  • Cat/dog treats
  • Cologne/perfume
  • Wrapping paper and gift bags

Items can be dropped off at Home Instead Senior Care at 1059 Madison Avenue in Mankato from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM between November 25 and December 10. Donations can also be dropped off at the School of Nursing in 360 Wissink Hall on the MSU-Mankato campus. Please feel free to print and distribute the attached flyer!

If you have questions, contact Linda Rossow at lrossow@southernminnesotanurses.org or (507) 304-3910.

Flyer: Be a Santa to a Senior 2016 (PDF)

Volunteers needed to help with Kiwanis Holiday Lights

NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) night at the Kiwanis Holiday Lights (at Sibley Park in Mankato) is December 10. Anyone interested in volunteering that night from 4:30 – 9 pm can contact Diane Gerlach at 507-358-7804 or 507-931-6996, or you can register through the Kiwanis Holiday Lights website. (Volunteers can also go other nights and just write “NAMI” on the registration list.) Volunteers will be served supper around 6:30 pm. It has been lots of fun and last year food shelf items totaled over 150,000 pounds.

Volunteer activities include the following:

  • directing traffic as it goes through Sibley Park
  • taking food shelf items from cars and loading it into food shelf vehicles
  • handing out brochures
  • monitoring the skating rink (in the warming house)
  • lots of walking around and supervising the walkways

It can get cold, so volunteers need to dress warm. (Kiwanis has been very good about rotating volunteers in and out of the warm trailer.) Volunteers should sign in at the trailer when they arrive and list NAMI as the volunteer name.

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