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Groups aim to make holidays brighter

11:45 AM, Nov. 14, 2013  |  Comments
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Various groups and organizations are working to make holidays a special time for their neighbors and for people around the world, whether it's filling shoeboxes with treats, distributing extra calendars or preparing dinner.

Among church groups collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child is Bible Truth Chapel, 1600 N. First Ave., Wausau. Local donors fill boxes with small toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for needy children worldwide. Collection hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Wednesday , 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday ; and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 25.

Donors can follow their boxes by using the donation form online at samaritanspurse.org and will receive an email telling the country where their shoeboxes are delivered.

For more information on Operation Christmas Child, call 612-359-7025 or visit samaritanspurse.org.

The Golden K Kiwanis Club of Wausau is collecting wall calendars to be distributed to local care facilities. Calendars can be dropped off at area Pick n' Save stores.

If you or someone you know living in Merrill, Gleason or Irma will be alone over the holidays, call the Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center at 715-536-4226 by Dec. 16. A hot meal will be delivered on Dec. 23.

Volunteers are needed the week of Dec. 16 and 20 for gift wrapping and sorting for this Sharing Christmas Spirit activity.

And in Wausau, the Friends again will host a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year at 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant St., Wausau.

Home-delivered meals will be available for those unable to attend. To order home delivery, volunteer time or services, or more information, call 715-842-2469 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. beginning Nov. 18. Calls will not be taken after 6 p.m. Nov. 26.

All are welcome and reservations are not needed for the meal at the church. Please do not call the church office with reservations or questions.

The Berlin-Hamburg Lions are again collecting deer hides for Lions Camp. Drop off your donated hides to LeRoy Dehnel, 13305 Woodland Drive, town of Stettin, or call 715-675-9078.

The money raised from the deer hides goes directly to the Lions Camp to provide a quality camping experience for people with disabilities.

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