Christmas is a time of giving and what better way to remember those less fortunate at this time of year than by giving a toy, clothing or monetary donation to help some child in Houston County have a better Christmas?

Houston County Care & Share is a non-profit organization set up in 1987 to serve the residents of Houston County, and they are once again accepting donations to help less fortunate families.

Unwrapped items can be dropped off at any bank in the county and will be picked up by volunteers to be sorted and bagged to each family's needs.

Any monetary donations will be used to purchase additional items needed and to purchase grocery certificates in each family's hometown grocery store to help with Christmas dinner.

This is a countywide project. In 2011, the organization helped 429 children have a brighter Christmas. It also purchased food certificates for 98 elderly or disabled people for use at their local grocery store. Charlie Bubbers of La Crescent also refurbishes used trikes for area families.

This project continues to grow each year. With the help of volunteers, the necessary purchasing, sorting, bagging and delivering to a location in each town for the families to pick up occurs. Please join in the cause by donating to Houston County Care & Share this holiday season.

If you have donations to pick up or have any questions about this project, call Jenny Slabaugh at the Semcac Food Shelf at (507) 725-3677.