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POLSON — Share the Spirit Holiday Assistance Program has been providing toys, clothes and Christmas gifts to Lake County children from needy families since 1998. We are fortunate enough to partner with Hellroaring Marine Contingent and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, which helps us manage the daunting task of providing for these children. During the 2013 Christmas season we served a record number of Lake County children — 1,436. In our 16 years of operation we have served more than 13,000 children in Lake County with your help and the help of many volunteers.

On behalf of Toni Krebsbach Young and the Share the Spirit Board of Directors Nancy Hines, Cheryl Thomas, Valerie Lindstrom, Russ Jenkins, Barbara and Mauri Morin, we offer a huge thanks to the businesses that agreed to be our tree locations and to the local churches who gave so generously. Thanks also to the school kids from St. Ignatius and Polson who adopted many of our tags and shopped carefully and wisely. We truly appreciate their help. Kim Liebenguth spearheaded the Lake County Sheriff’s program to adopt 175 of our kids. Thank you very much to all the people who so generously picked up Share the Spirit tags from our trees filled with children’s Christmas requests, with help from everyone we were able to help make their holiday brighter. 

Volunteers make this program a success; they donate hundreds of hours throughout the Christmas holiday season when most people would rather spend time with their families. Special thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who donate thousands of hours, especially this year when my husband was so sick. They all stepped up and donated even more hours than ever before so I could be home. I am deeply humbled and honored by their commitment to this project.

This year Share the Spirit headquarters were fortunate to have our workspace donated in the old DRS building, providing our electricity and heat.

Share the Spirit is a 501(c) 3 non-profit group registered with the Internal Revenue Service. We also provide personal care bags to all of the county agencies twice each year. Donations can be mailed any time to Share the Spirit at P.O. Box 1341, Polson, MT 59860. Thank you and God Bless.

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