Decades-old program that helps people during holidays made possible by generous donations of many, organizers say

The Zimmerman community will again be hosting the Neighbors Helping Neighbors holiday program for families experiencing financial difficulties.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a true community program that has leadership from the Zimmerman/Livonia Fire Department, District 728 schools in Zimmerman and Woodlands Bank.

Local businesses and churches support it by hosting “angel sites,” sponsoring toy drives and collecting cash donations.

“Most importantly is our residents,” said organizer Jenny Mathey, a school social worker.

“This program could not happen without them. It is our families that are supporting our families through cash contributions, donations of toys and other supplies and shopping for the participating children’s needs and wants.”

Those who would like to help, pick up an angel at Johnson’s Hardware Hank, Jim’s Market, Woodlands Bank, The Bank of Elk River’s Zimmerman branch, or The Refuge Church after Nov. 21. If you would rather make a donation to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, you can do it through Woodlands Bank in Zimmerman.

If you are a family in need of help, find an application at any Zimmerman school office or online at any of the Zimmerman schools’ webpages and return it to the Zimmerman/Livonia Fire Department’s front door drop box no later than Nov. 15.  For questions, call Jenny Manthey at 763-241-3505, ext. 2813.

“Thank you for your support,” Manthey said. “It makes  a difference.”

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