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The Onawa-Blencoe Knights of Columbus Christmas Toy Drive was rewarded with a fantastic out-pouring of charitable love by the citizens of Onawa and the surrounding area.

The Knights are proud to join the efforts of other service organizations and individuals trying to make a merrier Christmas for area children and their families.

New toys, food items and clothing were donated by generous folks visiting and shopping at Bomgaars, Dollar General and Stangel Pharmacy. A special thanks to the parishioners of St. John Catholic Church for their donations and cash gifts.

The final pickup was on Tuesday, Dec. 17th with the Knights delivering all items to the Evangelical Free Church warehouse in Onawa.

Brenda Howland, director of West Central Outreach (located in Onawa) and her staff of volunteers, received the donations which they sorted, bagged, boxed and prepared for pick up by folks in Monona County.

"The help from the Knights of Columbus and from individuals and businesses who give generously by 'adopting' a family goes a long way toward helping our friends and neighbors enjoy a merrier Christmas."

The Knights of Columbus Council #6249 helps keep Christ in Christmas by conducting the Monona County Toy Drive every year to supplement the charitable efforts of West Central Outreach. Caring folks can help by adopting a family or donating to the Toy Drive. For more information, contact WCO at 712-423-2603.

Left picture: Knights Marv Maly and Phil Morrow present a Toy Drive check to Brenda Howland, Director of West Central Outreach.

Center picture:Brenda Howland of West Central Outreach receives donations from Knights Eddie Womack (L) and Phil Morrow (R).

Right picture: Matt Beatty (C), flanked by Knights Larry Christensen (L) and Phil Morrow (R), donated a large volume of clothing & toys to the Toy Drive.


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