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Drop-off locations for gifts are set up around town and gift wrapping is set to begin.

The community effort to make sure kids in need around the community receive Christmas gifts has moved into full drive. Key Club began setting up at the fairgrounds this week and will be wrapping gifts donated by local community members as well as those provided by the Central Oregon Toys for Tots program.

Later this week the Mud Springs Livestock 4-H will begin its annual wrapping for the community with the Key Club supporting wrapping throughout the week. The following week the MHS National Honor Society will wrap, the full Madras High School girls' basketball ball team will wrap, as will the Lyle Gap 4-H Club. The MHS Leadership will most likely be scheduling a time to wrap and support the local youths who need a bit extra to create Christmas joy.

Kelly Huang, Key Club president and Operation Rudolph student liaison said, "I have supported Operation Rudolph for all my years in high school because I want all kids to have magic and joy around Christmas."

For those wanting to help, gifts are needed for all ages and can be dropped off at Mid Oregon Credit Union, Columbia Bank, St. Charles Madras, Madras Aquatic Center, RipQ, Bi-Mart, the Jefferson County Library or Les Schwab.

Both the high school and Jefferson County Middle School are accepting gifts for Operation Rudolph and working to support local children throughout the long two-week Christmas break.

This year the team at Mid Oregon chose Operation Rudolph as its Christmas giving with a financial donation that will help buy gifts. Payne West and Columbia Bank both ask staff to contribute at least one gift toward Operation Rudolph and put it in receptacle gift boxes. These boxes can also be used by the public.

Operation Rudolph donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at a donation box. Donors can also contact Operation Rudolph coordinator Kim Schmith at 541-980-6371. According to Schmith, people can help out by donating wrapping paper, gifts, money or time to wrap gifts.

Madras Kiwanis members will be delivering gifts to the families recognized by DHS as the most fragile just before Christmas. Schmith also wanted people to recognize the Central Oregon Toys for Tots program, as it is the primary gift donor. The gifts are picked up by Kiwanians and brought to Operation Rudolph to be wrapped by volunteers.

Schmith also said Operation Rudolph has asked Mann Mortgage to be considered for its Your Vote Matters program for the fourth quarter.

"If you call Mann Mortgage and ask for your vote to go towards Operation Rudolph, a Key Club and Kiwanis communitywide program, this could help them be chosen as the fourth quarter Your Vote Matters recipient," she said.


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