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UDMO begins annual Sharing Christmas Program

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Update: As of Thursday, Nov. 3, all families listed by Upper Des Moines Opportunity had been adopted. Officials with Upper Des Moines said additional families may be added to the list in coming weeks.


Correction: The initial list of families sent to the Dickinson County News for publication mistakenly listed approximately 40 extra families. The submitted list also lacked information regarding changes to this year's new drop-off location and time. The list was corrected on Oct. 27 and will be updated as families are adopted.


Upper Des Moines Opportunity is once again asking for the community's help in sponsoring a number of area families in need ahead of the holiday season. Below is a list of participants in the annual Sharing Christmas Program, which provides holiday gifts to low-income children of Dickinson County. Individuals or groups who wish to adopt a family may call the UDMO office at 336-1112 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Organizers ask that callers be ready with more than one selection as the list is continually updated. UDMO also asks that sponsors wrap each item and attach a tag with the family number and which member (such as Boy age 10, Girl age 7) each the gift is for. Organizers ask that the gifts all be put together in as few containers (boxes, large garbage bags, etc.) as possible and that the family number be written in large, bold numbers on all sides of the containers.

New this year – purchased gifts should be brought to the Dickinson County Expo Building in Spirit Lake (1600 15th Street in Spirit Lake) between 7 a.m. and noon Monday, Dec. 19.

Monetary donations are also welcomed.


Family 1 - Adopted

Family 2 - Adopted

Family 3 - Adopted

Family 4 - Adopted

Family 5 - Adopted

Family 6 - Adopted

Family 7 - Adopted

Family 8 - Adopted

Family 9 - Adopted

Family 10 - Adopted

Family 11 - Adopted

Family 12 - Adopted

Family 13 - Adopted

Family 14 - Adopted

Family 15 - Adopted

Family 16 - Adopted

Family 17 - Adopted

Family 18 - Adopted

Family 19 - Adopted

Family 20 - Adopted

Family 21 - Adopted

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