Holiday help with Merrick Community Services

As the holiday season nears, Merrick Community Services is offering a number of ways for East Side residents to help their neighbors in need.

 

Holiday Share toy distribution

Help brighten the holidays for families struggling with poverty on St. Paul’s East Side and contribute to this year’s Holiday Share toy distribution.

Now through Dec. 11, Merrick is collecting new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children and teens. Toys can be dropped off at the Merrick Community Center, 1669 Arcade Street North, Suite 4, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To schedule a toy drop off, please contact Brandon Griffin at bgriffin@merrickcs.org or 651-219-5557.

Interested in hosting a donation drive at your neighborhood or at your workplace? Merrick can provide all the materials that you need. Contact Brandon Griffin at bgriffin@merrickcs.org or 651-219-5557 for more information.

Monetary donations to the Holiday Share are also welcome.

 

Help volunteer at the Holiday Share

Merrick Communities Services is looking for volunteers to help over 700 families during Merrick’s two-day Holiday Share celebration. Opportunities range from wrapping presents for families to assisting families in shopping for toys. Opportunities include:

• Holiday Share distribution on Saturday, Dec. 16 or Monday, Dec. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12:30 to 4 p.m. All distributions take place at the Merrick Community Center, located at 1669 Arcade St. N., Suite 4 in St. Paul.

• Holiday phone bank volunteers

Merrick needs help enrolling families to receive gifts and emergency supplies this holiday season. In partnership with the Salvation Army, Merrick is looking for dedicated volunteers to help for the following days: Monday, Nov. 13 or Tuesday, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12:30 to 4 p.m. All phone bank opportunities take place at the Salvation Army, located at 2445 Prior Ave. N. in Roseville.

• Holiday Workshop Volunteers

Each year, Merrick receives thousands of toys from supporters, which need to be sorted and organized for delivery to East Side St. Paul families. A great group volunteer opportunity for groups of 6 to 12 employees, taking place at the Merrick Community Center on Monday, Dec. 11 through Thursday, Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12:30 to 4 p.m. All distributions take place at the Merrick Community Center, located at 1669 Arcade St. N., Suite 4 in St. Paul.

For more information about volunteering or to sign up visit www.merrickcs.org/volunteer or call Merrick Community Services at 651-771-9339.

 

Looking for help this holiday season?

Merrick will take registrations for the Holiday Share toy distribution now through Monday, Dec. 4. All registrants will be notified of their Holiday Share toy distribution appointment by Monday, Dec. 11. Space is limited and dependent on donations, please register your family as early as possible. Fill out the Family enrollment form at www.merrickcs.org/news-and-events/holidayshare/holidayshareregistration or call Merrick Community Services at 651-771-9339.

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