If you pop into your favorite area Kwik Stop today you might notice the pretty Christmas trees that adorn each store.

Heather Hamm from Kwik Stop popped by on Friday to remind us that their "Magical Kwik Stop Christmas" is happening now. In its 20th year, this is their yearly campaign that Heather equates to a "giving tree" or "wish tree" program. Over the last two decades with the help of the community, Kwik Stop has helped over 280 struggling families in the Dubuque area.

Kwik Stop has Christmas trees up in each of their locations, with 28 families receiving gifts from generous folks in the tristates. Catholic Charities takes applications from area families who might have fallen on tough times. Each adopted family provides a list of needs and wishes, which are in turn made into paper tree ornaments and hung on each tree.

I mentioned that in years past you would expect to see frivolous items, like gaming systems and new computers. Sadly, it's usually items like winter coats, new socks, and grocery store gift cards. This are necessities, not luxury items.

You can stop by any area Kwik Stop and look at the ornaments on each tree. On each you will find a note indicating who the item is for. On the back you will find the wish list item. Heather brought a few ornaments in as an example (as you can see in the image above), and told me about a 15 year old boy that is asking for a football.

Select the ornament you'd like to fill, shop for the item and then return it to any area Kwik Stop location. (Heather said if you tape the tag to the item it would be helpful.) You can also drop it off at their corporate office on Kerper if that's easier.

Another easy way to help is to simply give a cash donation and the elves from Kwik Stop will shop for the remaining tags leading up to the delivery of the items.

Tags will be available until December 10th, so you have plenty of time to grab an item. Kwik Stop will deliver to the families on December 17th.

You can learn more at any area Kwik Stop location, or find more on their WEBSITE.

 

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