Program gathers Christmas gifts for needy families

All too soon the holiday season is upon us and once again Yellow Medicine County is gearing up to process applications for the 2013 Santa’s Sleigh program.
Santa’s Sleigh of Yellow Medicine County is an organization created to provide needy families with the opportunity to receive gifts for their children and to provide them with a happier holiday season. This year they are expecting to spend approximately $45 for each child enrolled in the program.
To achieve this goal, YMC Family Service Center solicits pledges, family sponsorships, monetary contributions and the gift of time from the many volunteers who assist us throughout this process.
If you would like to sponsor a family (you would shop for and pay for the gifts yourself), make a monetary donation or volunteer as a shopper please contact the Family Services Office at 320-564-2211 and ask for Barb Jacobson, the Santa’s Sleigh coordinator. If you would prefer to use email the address is

Monetary donations
may also be sent to:
Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Fund
C/o Family Service Center
930 4th
Street, Suite 4
Granite Falls, MN. 56241

Yellow Medicine County residents who would like to enroll their children in the program this Christmas may complete an enrollment form for the San-ta’s Sleigh program by picking up an application at YMC Family Services located at 930 4th office at 320-564-2211 and asking for Barb Jacobson the Santa’s Sleigh Coordinator or e-mail at santa’ to request that an application be mailed to them.
Requests must be completed by Monday December 2. No requests will be accepted after this date. Ideally forms will be received in by Thursday, November 21,  as some of the shoppers would like to take advantage of Black Friday sales.
Thanks to the efforts of our wonderful supporters and volunteers YMC Santa’s Sleigh was able to provide gifts for 306 children last year. It is a truly extraordinary feeling to know that you are helping to make a needy child’s Christmas dreams come true.