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Gift program seeks donations

WAVERLY — The Wartburg College Department of Social Work is accepting donations for its 33rd annual Holiday Shoppe through Dec. 8.

The Holiday Shoppe has become a community tradition that provides gifts for more than 600 children in Bremer County each year. New, unwrapped gifts for children may be dropped off at the Social Work office on the second floor of Old Main on the Wartburg campus.

Cash contributions also will be accepted and used to purchase gifts at area merchants. Checks may be made payable to Wartburg College and mailed to Lynn Peters, Wartburg College Department of Social Work, 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly, IA 50677.

For more information, contact Peters at (319) 352-8472 or

Senior gift program begins

WATERLOO — Home Instead Senior Care is once again offering the Waterloo community a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the Be a Santa to a Senior program, community members can give a senior a special holiday gift.

The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Waterloo and Cedar Falls has partnered with Crossroads Center Mall to help with gift collection and distribution. Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display through Dec. 12 at Crossroads Center and Home Instead Senior Care in Waterloo.

Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the tree with the ornament attached. Community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.

For more information, go to or call 214-9396.


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