Gifts Anonymous: ‘The need is very great’

Deadline to donate gifts is Dec. 15

by Joni Astrup
Associate editor
“The need is very great.”
That’s how Jenny Gray describes the situation for Gifts Anonymous — the program which helps area families who are financially unable to provide Christmas gifts for their children.
Gray, executive director of the CAER food shelf in Elk River, said they have been taking a lot of applications for Gifts Anonymous.

Donated gifts at the Star News, one of many sites in the Elk River-Otsego area where Gifts Anonymous toy donations are being accepted.

Last year the program provided Christmas gifts to 798 children from 305 families. Gray said that necessitated several last-minute shopping trips to make sure there were enough gifts. She looks for there to be even more children needing gifts this year.
Michelle Eder, who is working with the Gifts Anonymous program, agreed.
“The need is really great this year for all ages (of children),” Eder said. “Any gifts are appreciated.”
The deadline to donate gifts is fast approaching. There are Gifts Anonymous barrels out at businesses and other locations throughout the Elk River-Otsego area where people may drop off new, unwrapped gifts for children through Thursday, Dec. 15.
Cash donations are also welcome and may be mailed to CAER Gifts Anonymous, 19279 Watson St., Elk River, Minn. 55330 or deposited in the CAER Gifts Anonymous account at The Bank of Elk River.
Here are the gift drop-off sites:

Elk River
•American Legion, 525 Railroad Dr.
•Anytime Fitness, 18130 Zane St.
•Bank of Elk River, all locations
•Brock White, 12785 Elk Lake Rd.
•Central Bank, 17267 Yale St.
•Coborn’s, 19425 Evans St.
•Cub, 19216 Freeport Ave.
•Curves, 13469 Business Center Dr.
•First National Bank of Elk River, downtown and Elk Park Center
•Greater Minnesota Credit Union, 17035 Yale St.
•Kemper Drug, 323 Jackson Ave.
•Menards, 19521 Evans St.
•Olde Main Eatery, 313 Jackson Ave.
•River of Life Church, 21695 Elk Lake Rd.
•Star News, 506 Freeport Ave.
•Tan 24, 18157 Carson Ct.
•Zylstra Harley Davidson, 19600 Evans St.

•Bank of Elk River, 15800 88th St.
•Denny’s, 9020 Quaday Ave.
•Klein Bank, 15751 87th St.
•101 Market, 8980 Quantrelle Ave.
Many local churches are also drop-off sites.