Thursday, November 15, 2012
Kids have started making their lists and checking them twice. How do you help them make their lists?
When I was a kid, the excitement that would blow through the Burgess home as the holiday shopping season began can be pinpointed to one thing: The Toys-R-Us catalog arriving. My sister and I would pore over the pages, carefully dog-earring them to call special attention to the items circled therein. We would proudly hand it to our parents, believing we had done them a great service. (There would be no way they could disappoint us if they took our direction on the gifts.) Of course, I never got that electric Barbie car. (Sigh) A paper catalog seems a little old school now with the Internet and so many shops to choose from. So, how do you help plan your kids' gift lists? Do you take them to the store? Supervise them online? Or do you wait …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
If you were near the intersection of Highway 55 and General Mills Blvd. Friday night at 5 p.m., chances are you had to wait a few extra minutes to get where you were going.
Every December for the past 15 years, the Golden Valley Police Department has led a convoy of cop cars filled with toys to the Toys for Tots tent at KARE 11. Marines say donations were down this year, so the efforts of the local law enforcement agencies are a big help to the program that provides needy children with toys for the holidays.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
The Toys for Tots tent outside of KARE 11 opened for the season Friday, Dec. 3. And people still made their way to Golden Valley to drop off toys.
The plows were out, the snow was falling and traffic was moving at a snail's pace Friday afternoon. "Absolutely, it took me an hour [to get to Golden Valley] from downtown Minneapolis," said Paul Carlson of Victoria. But the snow didn't prevent him from making his way to the Toys for Tots tent at KARE 11 to help kick off an annual tradition of charity and goodwill. "Last year we had roughly 600,000 toys distributed to about 300,000 families," said Sgt. Kurt Chmielewski of the U.S. Marine Corps, the group that runs Toys for Tots. For 27 years, Toys for Tots has set up a tent outside of the KARE 11 studios at the corner of Olson Memorial Highway and General Mills Blvd. during the Christmas season. "We're very happy to present five [Nintendo…