Donker house

Located at 810 5th St. W. in Hastings, the Donkers are running a food drive for Hastings Family Services from Dec. 17 to 19. A bin for food donations can be found at the front of their driveway.

One household has chosen to take their usual Christmas lights display and use it to give back to their community.

Jean and Rand Donker have transformed the front yard of their Hastings home into a winter wonderland for many years but decided last year that they wanted to use their Christmas display to attract food donations.

For the second year in a row, the Donkers have organized a food drive for Hastings Family Service’s food shelf with this year’s drive taking place Dec. 17 through 19.

Located at 810 5th St. W. in Hastings, their home is decorated with colorful lights and blow-up holiday figures with the donation box found at the front of their driveway.

“We already have a bin out there now because people said they wanted to start donating,” Jean said.

Jean said she started the food drive because she’s always trying to find ways to help people in their community.

“With COVID going on we thought people especially need some extra help right now,” Rand said.

Last year they were able to collect 544 pounds of food for Hastings Family Service and are hoping to surpass that goal.

“There’s nothing worse than not having food on the table for Christmas,” Jean said.


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Sophia Voight is a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette. She is from Oshkosh, WI and graduated from the UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2021. She can be reached with any news tips at


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