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Phone: 218.825.7682
Toll-Free: 888.750.7682

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PO Box 742
Brainerd, MN  56401
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Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance Programs - 2011 Guidelines

Ever wanted to give back during the Holiday season, but weren't sure how exactly?

Bridges of Hope is the coordinating agency for the Thanksgiving Baskets & Christmas Gifts programs in Criw Wing County to give to those in need in our community. This program has been run in tandem with the Salvation Army’s program (and others) for many years, to ensure all programs are serving different households.

Makes a great service project for a youth group, small group, service club, your office, your entire church, or your own family!

Last year this program served 200 households for Thanksgiving and 220 households for Christmas. Thank you for your generosity to families in need!

How it Works
Area churches, businesses, groups and individuals call Bridges of Hope to sponsor as many households as they wish (for one or both of the holidays). A few weeks before the holiday, Bridges of Hope will give you the names, addresses, and driving directions for the household you’ve sponsored. Then you get to go shopping!

Bridges of Hope is seeking approximately 400 sponsors (~200 for each program) and 40 food or gas gift cards (for Christmas).
For Thanksgiving

You’ll provide a Thanksgiving meal (the details are up to you) for the family or individual.

The week before the holiday (November 17-23), you’ll get to personally deliver your basket to the family or individual you've sponsored.

Or, if you would rather have a volunteer deliver the basket, please call Carly at Bridges of Hope no later than Thursday, November 10 in order to set up  a time to bring the basket to our office (218.825.7682).
For Christmas

There are two sponsorship options available:
Option 1: Donate a food or gas card in the amount of $25.00 to Bridges of Hope for single adults in need in the community. Call Carly (218.825.7682) to get started.

Option 2: Sponsor a household (children ages 0-17 sign up for gifts & clothing; parents indicate a preference for a food or gas card).
You’ll receive some additional information about the household’s needs and gift ideas.
About a week before the holiday (no later than December 21), you’ll get to personally deliver your gifts to the family or individual you’ve sponsored.
**If you would rather have a volunteer deliver the gifts, please call Carly at Bridges of Hope no later than Friday, December 9 to set up a time to bring the items to our office (218.825.7682).**

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Christmas Gifts Program Sponsorship.

How to Sign Up
Contact Carly at Bridges of Hope, 218.825.7682 or You’ll be asked how many households you’d like to sponsor (and for which holiday) or # of gift cards you'd like to contribute, as well as your contact information, so we can get you the family or individual’s details as the holiday gets closer. You can also call us for more details.
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Bridges of Hope
P.O. Box 742 - Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 825-7682 or toll free (888) 750-7682