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KIN seeks partners to provide Christmas cheer to children

As the holidays approach, children begin wishing for presents from Santa, new clothes for school or one of the latest hot items being advertised on TV this year.

Unfortunately, there are kids and families in the Maple School District who might not be able to celebrate the holidays because of an illness or even a death in the family, unemployment of a parent or many other unexpected circumstances. The Kids In Nebagamon, along with local organizations, businesses, churches and individuals, hope to grant some of those Christmas wishes.

KIN is a nonprofit organization that helps children whose families are experiencing crises, especially at Christmas time. KIN recently expanded its area of assistance to include families in need throughout the entire Maple School District. The children are referred to the organization by local schools and churches and social service agencies.

"The number of families needing help grows each year and we are asking other local organizations, churches, businesses and individuals to help us meet their needs," said KIN president Carol Mallegni. The organization is seeking wrapped gifts for kids and teens, new toys, books and games, toiletries for teen girls and boys as well as bagged, boxed or canned food. Items may be brought to the St. Anthony Parish Center, 11648 E. Highway B, Lake Nebagamon, noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 13. Donations of turkeys and hams are also needed. The gifts and food baskets are distributed to the families in need Dec. 18.

KIN has a unique "Pay It Forward" philosophy and families who receive aid are asked to offer help to others when they are able.

"Many of our parents and the children themselves have helped at our fundraisers and projects to assist other kids," Mallegni said.

For information, contact Mallegni at 715-374-3718 or Kay Coletta, or 715-374-2283 after 1 p.m. any day.