One of the many groups we supply donations to is the holiday “Small Mall” in Alexandria, MN!

Every year in early December, a group of local volunteers collect donations of toys and items in excellent or new conditio

n and create a “store” for families in need to “shop” for gifts for their family members. With over 300 families benefitting from this program, it is truly a blessing to the community.

Not only are toys desired as donations, but “gift” items for parents, grandparents, and extended family members. When the small mall opens, each child is paired with an adult volunteer to “shop” the donations and choose gifts for their family. They then bring their items to a volunteer to wrap the gifts. When they are finished, the children receive a bag of non-perishable foods, a healthy snack, a children’s book and stuffed animal for themselves.

Prior to COVID, the volunteers also provided a full meal for families as well. They hope to continue this part of the event once COVID doesn’t pose a threat to participants gathering in large numbers.

This year, The Pack Up Artist was able to provide 3 trailer loads of donations for the Small Mall, thanks to our generous clients. In addition, two of our staff attended the event to assist in administering COVID self tests to volunteers.

Do you know of a similar event or organization that needs donations or support? Send us a direct message with organization details and we’ll get in touch to see how our client’s donations can help them as well!