The Giving Spirit is alive and well in Jesup this year
The Giving Spirit is working again this year to provide Christmas for the children of Jesup area families that could use a little help. Families are invited to participate if they are eligible for school Free & Reduced Lunch, so there is an element of financial need.

This year, there are 34 families and 67 children. The organization coordinates with Operation Santa in Independence to make sure families are not using both programs.

Anonymous tags are now available at Farmers State Bank, Inspired Living Chiropractic, and BankIowa. The tags describe the recipient’s sizes and interests, so gift ideas are provided.

People are encouraged to stop by and choose one or more tags from the trees. Each tag has four categories: Something kids “want,” “need,” “to wear,” and “to read.” Shoppers can purchase 1-4 gifts for the child and then return the UNWRAPPED gifts to the place they picked up the tag by Monday, December 6. It’s very important that the tag with the identifying number is also included with the returned gifts.

If anyone is unable to do the shopping, monetary donations will also be accepted. Direct them to “Giving Spirit,” P.O. Box 568, Jesup, Iowa 50648, or drop them off at BankIowa. Donations are used to shop for names that aren’t taken and to “even up” the number of presents among children in the same family.

Organizers of The Giving Spirit include Toni Powell, Kathy Schutte, Vicki Staebell, Mary Steuben, Teri Schares, Adele Reinhart, Carrie Wall, Abbie McDowell, and Dawn Quackenbush. There are many other people who work with them to make The Giving Spirit successful, by shopping, wrapping, and more. The Giving Spirit is not a 501c3 non-profit, but is a worthwhile, local charitable organization acting on the true meaning of Christmas.
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