All too soon the holiday season is upon us and once again Yellow Medicine County is gearing up to process applications for the 2017 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 we are expecting to spend approximately $50 for each child enrolled in the program.

To achieve this goal, Yellow Medicine County Family Service Center receives 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, make a monetary or gift donation or volunteer as a shopper please contact the Family Service 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 santas.sleigh@co.ym.mn.gov.

Sponsors and shoppers do basically the same job. I give them copies of the enrollment forms with the age and gender of the child along with gift suggestions and they shop for items on the lists then bag them and bring them to the Family Service offices.

The only difference is that sponsors donate the gifts and shoppers are reimbursed the amount of money they spend to purchase the items.

Shoppers and sponsors from previous years will be contacted starting in November as shopping forms become available.

All donations should be brought (or mailed) to:

Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Fund C/o Family Service Center, 415 9th Ave., Suite 202, Granite Falls, MN. 56241

Yellow Medicine County residents who would like to enroll their children should complete an enrollment form for the Santa’s Sleigh program by picking up an application at YMC Family Services located at 415 9th Avenue, Suite 202 in Granite Falls or by calling their office at 320-564-2211 or by e-mail at santa’s.sleigh@co.ym.mn.gov to request that an application be mailed to them.

Applications must be completed and returned by Friday December 1, 2017. No applications will be accepted after this date. We would greatly appreciate it if you can submit the forms by Monday November 20, 2017 as some of the shoppers would like to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

Gifts must be picked up in Granite Falls on Monday, December 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Law Enforcement Center basement located at 930 4th Street in Granite Falls.

Gifts must be picked up in Canby on Tuesday, December 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church located at 301 Oscar Avenue (corner of 3rd street & Oscar Avenue) in Canby.

Thanks to the efforts of our wonderful supporters and volunteers YMC Santa’s Sleigh was able to provide gifts for 264 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.