Parkade Elementary School and community partners begin collections for holiday gift bags

Thursday, November 10, 2011 | 4:54 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Parkade Elementary School is accepting fuzzy socks and monetary donations as part of an effort to provide holiday gift bags to families with students who are part of its free lunch program.

Now in its third year, the program looks to provide gift bags for roughly 90 families this year.

Parkade Elementary and its community partners, Commerce Bank and Parkade Baptist Church, work to collect goods and monetary donations for the bags from now until Dec 9.

The bags will include a throw blanket, socks, a gift card to a local restaurant, card games, hot chocolate, popcorn and a book, Parkade Elementary Vice Principal Carrie Freeman said.

Parkade Elementary asked for “fuzzy, comfy, slipper-type” socks, and Parkade Baptist is accepting throw blankets. Commerce Bank is accepting monetary donations. The Parkade PTA will supply the bags and hot chocolate, and the money collected will go toward the restaurant gift cards.

On Dec. 16, volunteers will gather for “Santa’s Workshop” to assemble the bags, which will be available for families to pick up from Parkade Elementary School between Dec. 19 to 21.

Donations can be dropped off underneath the Christmas tree at Parkade Elementary School, as well as in the office at Parkade Baptist Church.

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