Dells Elves Fundraiser Set for November 17th

PrintThe Dell Elves fundraiser is set for Saturday, November 17th at Norby’s Bar and Grill starting with a meat raffle at 5:00 p.m. and the live auction at 7:00 p.m.

Dells Elves is a group of ladies who host a fundraiser every year to donate funds to the Christmas for Our Kids organization.  As a committee they ask local businesses and individuals to donate items for the live auction and raffle items.  The funds raised from the event benefit families that are nominated through Christmas for Our Kids program.  Last year the non-profit organization helped 146 children and provided gift cards to 60 families from the Dell Rapids community.

Donations are still being collected for this year’s fundraiser event.  They also have boards at Norby’s where people are able to purchase a square on for a chance to win a 55-inch TV, ½ processed hog from Bob’s Meat in Chester, a Remington 243 rifle with a gun case and box of ammunition, and a Mossberg Maverick 88 20 gauge shotgun with a gun case and box of ammunition.  Dells Elves have also partnered with the Quarry Rock Church for a raffle for the opportunity to win five guns, and all the proceeds will go to the Dells Elves to put towards the total raised.  This year for the live auction, there will be something new and exciting.  They are calling it Santa’s Top 5.  The group will be picking five donations and have them arranged on a special table.  Then they will auction off Yeti cups for a chance to pick one of the items.  More details on this will be disclosed as the event comes closer.

Last year the fundraiser event raised $26,000 dollars for this wonderful cause.  The group takes a portion of what is raised to donate to a couple other groups at the discretion of the committee.  In the past tey have donated to both food pantries in Dell Rapids.  As a committee, they strive to make this event more memorable every year.  The goal is to raise a little more than the year before.  Without the help of all the local businesses and individuals who donate and all the community support that shows up for the event, the group wouldn’t be as successful as they are every year.  The committee that holds this fundraiser consists of about 10 ladies, and they all strive to make it a huge success.

There are so many ways an individual or business can help with the fundraiser.  Donations are accepted up until the night of the event.  Dells Elves encourages everyone to come to Norby’s Bar and Grill in Dell Rapids on Saturday, November 17th for the big event.  The evening will begin with a meat raffle hosted by the Lions Club at 5:00o p.m.  The live auction will then start at 7:00 p.m., and raffle items are available from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  After the live auction is over, the drawing for the TV, ½ processed hog, two guns and also the Quarry Rock Church raffle will be held.  Need not be present to win those items.

“We could not make this event such a huge success without the support of the community, the support of Norby’s Bar and Grill for letting us take over their place the night of the event, and also to Landmark Realty and Lee Burgraff for auctioneering and his staff for donating their time the night of the event,” said committee member Serena Campbell.

If you have any questions or would like to donate an item please contact Serena Campbell at 605-321-9310.

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2018 ESA “Christmas for our Kids” Drive

2018ESA_AngelTree“Christmas for Our Kids” is a long standing community project started by Sue Horstmeyer and currently spearheaded by the local ESA women’s organization.  Because of the generosity of the Dell Rapids community, we are able to ensure a Merry Christmas for all of our Dell Rapids kids. Last Christmas we were able to provide gifts to 146 children and gift cards to 60 families in the Dell Rapids area. Those kids truly had a Merry Christmas because of your kindness.

The “Christmas for Our Kids” project works like this:

  • Families in need are identified through anonymous referrals. We may all know a family in our community that is going through tough times and could use our help to provide those extras over the holidays.
  • Referred families are contacted and kid’s “wish lists” are requested.
  • These “wish lists” are filled through donations and delivered to families prior to Christmas.

Here are some ways you can help ensure another successful “Christmas for Our Kids” project:

  1. Refer a Family in Need – Contact Brenda O’Hara or Lori Morris with family referrals. Please submit referrals by November 10th. – (Brenda: Cell 201-6571 or brendaohara@outlook.com Lori: Cell 359-8795 or tlmorris@goldenwest.net
  2. Adopt a Child or Family – You or your group can adopt a child or family and purchase gifts from their “wish lists”. You will be anonymously matched up with a child or family and have fun shopping. Contact Brenda or Lori to be matched with a family.
  3. Angel Tree – There will be three Angel Trees set up with specific gift requests. Stop by Shopko, Avera Hospital, or First National Bank and take a tag from the Angel Tree, do your shopping, and return the unwrapped gift under the tree by December 13th with the tag attached.
  4. Make a Monetary Donation – Monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed to “Christmas for Our Kids”, First National Bank, 312 E. 4th Street, Dell Rapids, SD 57022.

We hope to have all donations collected by December 14th so that gifts can be sorted and delivered to the families prior to Christmas. As we enter the holiday season please consider being part of this Dell Rapids tradition. If you have any questions please contact Brenda O’Hara at 201-6571 or brendaohara@outlook.com, or Lori Morris at 359-8795 or tlmorris@goldenwest.net

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Thank You from “Christmas For Our Kids”

Please accept our sincere “Thank You” on behalf of “OUR” kids and their families for your generous support this Christmas.  Your help for families came in the form of child or family adoptions, cash donations, toys, clothing, homemade pillow cases, hams, and gift cards – all representing your love for others in our community.  We found a thankful home for each gift donated and used the financial contributions to buy toys and gift cards.  You opened your hearts to spread Christmas joy to families currently experiencing difficult times.  Thank you so very much!!!

Because of your generosity, “Christmas for Our Kids” was able to sponsor 60 local families this Christmas.  You helped to ensure that all the children of Dell Rapids had a Merry Christmas.

Thank you on behalf of “OUR” kids and their families for your contributions to our 2017 Christmas drive.  You’ve made the “Dell Rapids” difference!

Here are a few excerpts from the many thank you notes sent by the families we helped:

  • “Thank you ALL for helping me!!  My kids will love anything they get.  Thank you tons!!”
  • “Thank you.  This is such a wonderful thing you guys are doing for us.  I am very grateful.”
  • “Thank you again and god bless you all.”
  • “Thank you guys so much!  We appreciate it immensely!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

From:  Christmas for Our Kids And the ESA Elves

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“Christmas For Our Kids” Project Receives Record Donation

The “Christmas For Our Kids” program led by the local chapter of ESA received a record donation this year.  The Christmas for Kids committee from Norby’s that puts together a fundraiser donated $21,573.35 to the “Christmas For Our Kids” program for this year’s families.  The year’s number doubles last year’s fundraiser.  Committee member Serena Campbell said that there wasn’t an empty seat at Norby’s during the event on Friday, December 8th.

ChristmasForOurKidsDonation“As the head of the committee, we cannot thank the community enough. The fundraiser would not be such a success if it wasn’t for the local businesses and individuals who donated, the individuals that were there the night of the auction bidding on all the wonderful donations, Bob Julson for doing and amazing job as the auctioneer, Landmark Realty for donating your time and your employees time, Norbys Bar and Grill for letting us take over your place to have the fundraiser, and to all the ladies on the committee that took time away from your families to help put smiles on children’s faces. There is not enough I can say about the amazing community that we love in. As a community we all came together to put a smile on a lot of children’s faces,” said Campbell.

The record donation will help the ESA group with helping the families.  Brenda O’Hara said that in 2007, there were 28 families that the project helped.  The number has grown over the years, and this year there are 55 families and 138 children on the list.  That’s 11 more families and 31 more children than last year’s numbers.”We are so thankful for the monetary donations as we can take care of the additional gifts for the kids and also provide local gift cards to each family,” said O’Hara.

The ESA groups also sponsors three angel trees in Dell Rapids and also has an “Adopt-A-Family” program.  The group is currently collecting all of those gifts as well as doing additional shopping for the families.  The “Christmas For Our Kids” program has also given each family a gift card to County Fair.

“With the larger donations last year and again this year, we are able to increase the amount of the grocery card and also provide each family with a local gas card and a local restaurant gift card,” O’Hara also said.

The families that benefit from this program are able to pick up the gifts and also pick out a few stocking-stuffers at a central location.  They also get to pick out a special pillow case for each child that is sewn by the patrons of the local quilt shop, Always Your Design.  Also, for the second year, Smithfield Foods is donating a ham to each family.  In addition to the pillow cases and hams, the public school always has a fun week-long donation drive collecting wrapping paper, stocking-stuffer items, batteries, and monetary donations.

“These families are all so grateful to the community for the continued support and caring that is shown every year through the ‘Christmas for Our Kids’ project, whether it is through the referrals made on their behalf, the shoppers that spend time picking the gifts, the monetary donations made, or the hard work of the Pink Ladies gathering donated items and putting on the wonderful fundraiser,” O’Hara said.

Some of the notes from those families that are being helped this year include:

  • “Thank you ALL for helping me!!  My kids will love anything they get.  Thank you tons!!”
  • “Thank you.  This is such a wonderful thing you guys are doing for us.  I am very grateful.”
  • “Thank you again and god bless you all.”
  • “Thank you guys so much!  We appreciate it immensely!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Not only the did the committee donate a record amount to the ESA “Christmas For Our Kids” program, they also donated $5,000 to two other groups.  The Daily Bread Food Pantry and The Community Store each received a donation of $2,500.

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Pink Ladies “Christmas for Kids” Fundraiser Hoping for Another Big Year

The annual Pink Ladies “Christmas for Kids” fundraiser auction and raffle will be held on Friday, December 8th, and organizers of the fundraiser are hoping for another big year.  This year’s event will be held again at Norby’s.  The meat raffle will begin at 5:00 p.m., live auction will start at 7:00 p.m., and raffle items will be available until 9:00 p.m.

The Pink Ladies dart team that puts together this fundraiser consists of a group of about 20 ladies.  Their goal is to make this a very memorable event every year to help families of Dell Rapids by donating funds raised to the ESA “Christmas for Our Kids” project.  They also have a goal to try to raise a larger amount then the year before.

“The last four years I have been on this committee, it is such an amazing feeling to wake up the day after the benefit and know that I made a difference, and I helped make a child smile,” said committee member Serena Campbell.

Last year’s fundraiser made $13,760 that went to help families in the Dell Rapids community.  A small percentage of the money raised is also donated to two other non-profit organizations.  One of the organizations is the Dell Rapids food pantry, and the committee then decides on another group to receive donations.

The year’s event already had quite a few great items up for auction or raffle.  Some of them include two 55″ televisions, 1/2 processed hog donated by Bob’s Meat in Chester, an ATV trailer donated by DTC, a Terry Peak get-away, a week stay at a condo in Orlando, FL, Grand Falls Casino package, multiple gift card donations, and many, many more great items.

“Being a part of this committee has been such an amazing experience.  I cannot begin to give enough thanks to all the businesses and individuals who donate to this auction, whether it be an item for the auction, the raffle, or a cash donation.  It is all greatly appreciated.  We could not make this a success without Lee Burggraff and his staff donating their time the night of the event as our auctioneer,” Campbell said.

Donations for the event will be accepted up until the day of the event.

The “Christmas for Our Kids” project is lead by the local chapter of ESA (an international women’s service organization).  The ESA chapter handles all of the referrals for the “Christmas for Our Kids” as well as delivering the gifts to the families.  Contacts for the ESA “Christmas for Our Kids” project are Brenda O’Hara and Lori Morris.

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Christmas for Our Kids Say Thank You

Please accept our sincere “Thank You” on behalf of “OUR” kids and their families for your generous support this Christmas. Your help for families came in the form of child or family adoptions, cash donations, toys, clothing, homemade pillow cases or scarves, hams, and gift cards – all representing your love for others in our community. We found a thankful home for each gift donated and used the financial contributions to buy toys and gift cards. You opened your hearts to spread Christmas joy to families currently experiencing difficult times. Thank you so very much!!!

Because of your generosity, “Christmas for Our Kids” was able to sponsor 44 local families this Christmas. You helped to ensure that all the children of Dell Rapids had a Merry Christmas.

Thank you on behalf of “OUR” kids and their families for your contributions to our 2016 Christmas drive. You’ve made the “Dell Rapids” difference!

Here are a few excerpts from the many thank you notes sent by the families we helped:

  • “God bless you and thank you so much!!! You are the reason for our smiles!”
  • “You helped make a 5-year-old’s Christmas come true.”
  • “Thank you again for your kindness.”
  • “Thanks again I appreciate all the help during the holidays.”
  • “Thank you so much for helping make my girls’ Christmas better.”
Back row (L to R): Lori Morris, Kim Berven, Glenda Siemonsma, Natalie Sundvold.  Front row (L to R): Sheba Schlaikjer and Jeanine Schnieders.

Back row (L to R): Lori Morris, Kim Berven, Glenda Siemonsma, Natalie Sundvold.    Front row (L to R): Sheba Schlaikjer and Jeanine Schnieders.

 

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St Mary Students Decide “Elf for the Day”

The Dell Rapids St Mary students proclaimed two teachers “Elf for the Day” on Friday, December 12th.  Over the week of December 8th through the 12th, students brought many quarters and dollars to purchase stickers.  With the purchased stickers, students would place them on posters with each teacher’s name and picture on it.  The two teachers with the most stickers on their poster at the end of the week were proclaimed “Elf for the Day”.

The St Mary students raised a total of $940 in the five days.  The two teachers to “win” were Blaine and Cami Bacon.  All the money raised was donated to the “Christmas for our Kids” program.

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Dell Rapids Schools Participate in Christmas for our Kids

ChristmasForKidsCandyCaneThe Dell Rapids School District spent the week of December 8th – 12th collecting items for the 2014 Dell Rapids “Christmas for our Kids”.    Items were collected from students and staff throughout the week.  Each day was a different donation category.

Monday was “Make a Donation Monday”.  Monetary donations and gift cards were collected.  Tuesday was “Tag & Tape Tuesday”.  Gift tags and tape for wrapping were collected.  Wednesday was “Wrap it up Wednesday” in which new rolls of wrapping paper or other decorating items were collected.  Thursday was “Thankful Thursday”.  Staff and students brought in items they wished were under their tree to give to someone in the program.  Friday was “Festive Friday”.  The final day was for batteries for the donated toys.

The school district had great participation and support throughout the week.

“Christmas for our Kids” is a community project that is lead by the local ESA women’s organization.  Last year the project was able to deliver gifts to 95 children in 42 families.  Along with the event at Dell Rapids School last week, the project also had other areas of support this year.  Adopt-a-Family, the Angel Tree, and monetary donations have been accepted throughout the holiday season.

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