Shop with an Elf has successful day

Head elf Jeanie Stattelman (right) addresses a package for Jackson Heider (front left), who is pictured with his sisters Anna (center) and Mary (rear left). Elementary children picked out gifts for a dollar for family members and funds raised go to the Birthday Bag program for children in need through Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Certainly Santa’s elves at the North Pole have to be busy this time of year, but they had nothing on Jeanie Stattelman and her many elf helpers Saturday, as they helped local elementary children shop for that perfect gift.
From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2, elves dressed in costume and other volunteers helped elementary children shop in the basement of the American Legion building on Sumner Avenue.
For $1 per gift, children could pick out a personal gift for a parent, grandparent or sibling.
Gifts are donated by local businesses and individuals. Money raised, along with donations from Thrivent Financial and other contributions go to a worthy cause — this year, birthday bag gifts for Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. (UDMO) in Humboldt County. During the month of a child’s birthday, UDMO provides a birthday bag to client families so the child may have a birthday party.
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