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Donating list:

From staff reports

If donating is on your to-do list this season, here are some agencies with holiday-related programs seeking contributions:

Clothing

Crisis Nursery Holiday Helper: New items needed include pajamas for boys and girls (small, medium and large sizes); sweatshirts (small, medium, large and extra large); socks and underwear; and winter boots, snow pants, coats, hats and mittens. Donations should be dropped off by Dec. 8 at Child Care Resource and Referral, 126 Woodlake Dr. S.E., Rochester.

Christmas Anonymous Inc.: New and gently used boots, skates and outerwear may be dropped off at its donation center, which will be at Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester, and open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 3. To volunteer with setting up the Christmas Anonymous store the week of Dec. 5 or help at the store Dec. 10, call 285-3940.

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Food

Channel One Food Shelf and Food Bank: Most grocery stores in Rochester, Stewartville and Byron have bags of food available for purchase throughout November and December. Items in the bags are those most needed at the Channel One Food Shelf. All the donated food will be collected at the participating stores and delivered to Channel One.

Money

Salvation Army: Its red kettles and bell ringers will be at many locations to accept contributions. Donations may be mailed to the Salvation Army, 20 First Ave. N.E., Rochester, MN 55906. To volunteer as a bell ringer, call 288-3663 or log onto www.ringbells.org.

Crisis Nursery Holiday Helper: Donations provide care and in-home counseling for families. Child Care Resource and Referral, 126 Woodlake Dr. S.E., Rochester, MN 55904.

Christmas Anonymous: Contributions may be sent to its P.O. Box 791, Rochester MN 55903.

Toys

Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots: Donations of new toys are accepted at various locations. Rochester radio station, Laser 101.7, will broadcast live from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at different locations the week of Dec. 5 to Dec. 9 to accept donations for Toys for Tots. Dec. 5 will be Simoniz Car Wash; Dec. 6 will be Midwest Wireless on Market Place Drive; Dec. 7 will be Wal-Mart North; Dec. 8 will be Wal-Mart South and Dec. 9 will be the Sand Trap. More information is available online at www.laser1017.net/main.html.

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Christmas Anonymous Inc.: New and gently used toys may be dropped off at its donation center, which will be at Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester, and open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Dec. 2 and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 3.

Crisis Nursery Holiday Helper: New items needed include toys for small children, books for younger children, board games for all ages, music CDs for older children and athletic sport balls. Items are needed by Dec. 8 and may be dropped off at Child Care Resource and Referral, 126 Woodlake Dr. S.E., Rochester.

Salvation Army: Donations of new toys may be placed at the Sharing Tree at the Sears Courtyard in Apache Mall.

Miscellaneous

Crisis Nursery Holiday Helper: New blankets, quilts and bedding; cleaning supplies; personal care items including soaps, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and lotions; towels and washcloths; diapers, wipes and infant formula; and $10 grocery store or gas gift certificates. Donations should be dropped off by Dec. 8 at Child Care Resource and Referral, 126 Woodlake Dr. S.E., Rochester.

Adopt-A-Family: The program coordinated by Lutheran Social Service/Ways to Give needs volunteers to shop for gifts for clients of community services. Volunteers purchase the items and the gifts are later picked up by the clients. For more information, call 285-8939.

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