Christmas for Kids volunteers prepare gifts for distribution

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WILLISTON, N.D. - We told you earlier this week about the more than 75 volunteers for Christmas for Kids shopping early Sunday morning at Walmart for children in need in the Williston area. Their work didn't end there.

Santa's helpers were busy Thursday night at Triangle Electric.

For 21 years, Christmas for Kids has been helping needy children in our area and providing them with a Christmas experience that might not otherwise happen. Members of the WHS European Club and other volunteers had over 300 boxes filled with toys and warm clothes to prepare and wrap. Christmas for Kids co-founder Randy Parpart says parents of children in the program will be able to come pick up their child's gift and Santa will also be helping to deliver gifts around town. He says Christmas for Kids wouldn't be possible without the help of the community.

"This year was a very good turnout for the monetary donations in the community. Businesses and individuals that give to us and who trust us to take care of that, we really appreciate what they do for us. Without their help, we could donate all the time we had and it wouldn't mean a hill of beans," said Parpart.

Parpart says they hold their annual Walmart shopping trip the first Sunday in December starting at 9 a.m. if people are interested in participating next year.