Gifts For Kids Program Supported by Landmark Services Cooperative 

Piggly Wiggly gift cards donated toward hunger relief

As part of Landmark Services Cooperative’s philanthropic efforts to end hunger in its communities, the company donated Piggly Wiggly gift cards to support the annual Gifts For Kids toy distribution.

Gifts for Kids is committed to providing gifts and opportunities to children in the community and the organizations that support them. For 31 years, the board of directors and many volunteers have provided gifts as well as a family care bag to an average of 100 families and 200 children (from birth through the fifth grade).

This year, the event was held on December 9 in a drive-through lane, while observing safety protocols such as mask wearing.

When COVID-19 hit, Gifts For Kids was one of the first to reach out to the local food pantry by shopping and dropping off food to ensure that the children of Edgerton were fed, which was especially important because school lunch programs had stopped when schools abruptly closed.

“A huge thank you goes out to all our donors and sponsors like Landmark,” said Lori Ainsworth, Gifts For Kids Secretary. “These donors and sponsors provide Gifts For Kids with the funds needed not only to serve the children of Edgerton during the winter holidays, but also to support a wide range of programs through the entire year in Edgerton.”

All children receive a “Santa” level gift ($50 value) as well as several other smaller gifts that usually come from donors. Each child also receives a package of new socks, a package of new underwear, a new blanket, and a gently used stuffed animal.

Each family receives a family care bag with a roll of wrapping paper, 12 rolls of toilet paper, two rolls of paper towels, two boxes of Kleenex and 100 paper plates, along with a family game or craft item.

The family also receives a “fun” bag that contains stocking stuffers such as candy, crayons, coloring book, and stickers, along with batteries, tape, bandages, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and new toothbrushes. This year, fun bags included a Christmas-themed rubber duck for every child. Each family also receives a $40 Target gift card, to encourage them to pick out gifts for their children.

To learn more about the children-centered programs that Gifts For Kids operates, go to https://www.edgertongiftsforkids.org/.

Photo caption: Volunteers from the community prepared the packages for families while observing proper COVID safe protocols. From left to right, Chrissy Long, Landmark, Tracy Deaver, G4K President, Ashley Schumacher, Landmark, Marisa Walton, G4K board member, Julia Garczynski, G4K Treasurer, Erin Johnson & Lori Ainsworth, G4K Secretary.