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Hastings Family Service will begin accepting requests for help on Monday

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Hastings Family Service’s (HFS) Holiday Assistance Program will begin accepting applications for gift and grocery assistance this holiday season Monday, Nov. 4.

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The community can help to make the holiday happier for those in need in a number of ways.

By participating in the Adopt-A-Family Program, a donor has the opportunity to provide gifts for an entire family. Donors will be able to adopt a family at www.hastingsfamily service.org from Nov. 18 to Dec. 13.

Hastings Family Service is also in need of generic adult and child gifts. Gifts can be delivered to its donation center, 301 E. Second St. Those who needed assistance can contact Hastings Family Service at 437-7134 to schedule an appointment. Registration will continue through Dec. 23.

The public may also participate in the HFS Holiday Assistance Program by providing a holiday meal for families in need. A cash gift of $30 will cover the cost of a turkey and all of the trimmings for a nutritious and delicious holiday meal. Donations can be mailed to HFS, 301 Second Street E., Hastings, MN 55033 or can be made at www. hastingsfamilyservice.org.

“The holiday assistance program is an opportunity for the community to help their neighbors and make the holidays brighter for local families” said Chris Koop, executive director, Hastings Family Service. “HFS is projecting that 450 families will request assistance this year and their needs will be met by the generosity and the spirit of giving in Hastings. We are blessed to be in a place where community cares for community.”

Hastings Family Service is a community-based nonprofit agency providing a range of emergency and supportive services for more than 40 years to assist and guide neighbors from the Hastings area who lack food, clothing, shelter, support or transportation. Hastings Family Service provides help and hope in a spirit of caring and respect, knowing that unforeseen circumstances like job elimination, reduction in work hours or medical emergencies can happen to any of us at any time. Hastings Family Service strives to assist those in need while providing fulfilling opportunities for volunteers and community member to support those efforts. 

For more information about HFS, visit www.hastingsfamilyservice.org.

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