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From the Holiday Bed distribution, to Yankton Toys for Kids and the Adopt a Family program, the United Way of Greater Yankton has been fortunate to witness firsthand the true spirit of giving this holiday season.

Thanks to our annual partnership with Slumberland of Yankton, next week 26 bed frames and mattresses will be delivered to referred families throughout the community.  Since 1993, Slumberland has been helping kids get the restful sleep they require by giving new beds to families in need. Through their 40 Winks Foundation and the Homes for the Holidays donation event, more than 20,000 beds have been donated to families who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor.

Thank you to Slumberland of Yankton and the Knights of Columbus for delivering the beds, for warming hearts and bringing hope to many. We are so grateful for your partnership.

United Way also called on our community to support over 135 families within the greater Yankton area through a partnership with Pat Robinson’s Yankton Toys for Kids and Adopt a Family Program. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of individuals and businesses that stepped in and made both gift giving programs successful, serving 340 local children.

Yankton Toys for Kids would not be possible without the efforts of Pat Robinson and caring neighbors who help Santa Claus ensure that every referred child received a toy. Many thanks to this year’s Toys for Kids drop off locations: Yankton Rexall, Hedahl’s Auto Value, Maurices, Dunham’s Sports, Wal-Mart and Menards. Also, thank you to the Yankton Mall for providing store space to use as the Yankton Toys for Kids headquarters.

Thank you to the local businesses, individuals, and families, who also participated in our Adopt a Family Holiday Program. 55 families were adopted this year and that is due in part to your generosity and kindness! Also many thanks to Whitney Devine, Susan Bies, Marc Bies, Jody Kollars and Natalie Gubbels for volunteering your time and to Kyle Kelly for donating space at the Marne Creek Professional Building for the Adopt a Family gift distribution.

The greater Yankton community continues to go above and beyond to make the holiday season bright for families in need, and we are appreciative of your tremendous generosity.  Thank you Yankton and Happy Holidays from all of us at United Way!

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