An ongoing program of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin will help to make Christmas much merrier for hundreds of children in northwest Wisconsin: from November 30 through December 6, the tribe’s 2014 Gifts from the Heart toy drive collected 5,000 toys and gifts for children of all ages.
Almost 3,000 guests and employees of the St. Croix tribe’s three casinos—St. Croix Casino Danbury, St. Croix Casino Hertel Express and St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake—donated toys to this year’s drive. Donated toys were distributed to 14 northwest Wisconsin charities on December 8 and 9 by Elizabeth Denniston, Patricia Frie and Judy Warmanen of St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake.
Since 1993, the Gifts from the Heart toy drive has collected and distributed 105,000 toys to northwest Wisconsin charities.
The following charities received toys from the 2014 Gifts from the Heart drive: Christmas for Kids Program, Chetek; Clayton Christmas Fund, Clayton; Clear Lake Christmas Fund, Clear Lake; Indianhead Community Action, Webster; Operation Christmas, Balsam Lake; Operation Santa, Rice Lake; Polk-Burnett Holiday Gift Drive, Siren; Prairie Farm Lions Club, Prairie Farm; Salvation Army, New Richmond; Spooner Christmas Fund, Spooner; Stone Lake Emergency Fund, Stone Lake; Turtle Lake S.O.S. Program, Turtle Lake; Washburn County Food Pantry, Spooner; WestCAP, Glenwood City