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Duluth couple gives back to those in need

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DULUTH, MN. -- With Christmas just 10 days away, a Northland couple who does a toy drive to help the less fortunate needs your help. Although they finished the toy shopping today, money and donations are still needed.

Mike and Shirley Letica have been collecting toys for three years now, to give to local kids in need this holiday season. This year they are looking for some extra help to give children a Christmas to remember.

"The adults can handle not having money for presents and things like that. The kids don't understand that so that is why we go out of our way to make sure those kids have things any other family would have", said Mike.

On Sunday, the Letica's hit the aisles of Menards in West Duluth, and filled carts with toys and things that children of all ages can enjoy. Donations however are low this year, so they had to pull out some of their own money to buy gifts.

"What we do is we are going to take that money we would spend on our kids in the past, and we try to help other families with that because we know what that means. I can't even imagine what Christmas would've been like for our family if we didn't have money to buy presents for our kids", said Mike.

For those interested in donating gifts, drop off locations are at the Gary and Piedmont Korner Stores. The Letica's say they know the community will want to lend a hand, just like always.

"The community of Duluth is a bigger community, but really it's tight knit. These children are just happy if they get a candy bar because it's a gift. it's not the size of the gift, it's just having the child open up the present and whatever it is, it makes no difference and everything is worth it at that point", said Mike.

If you are struggling for gifts this Christmas season, you can bring a picture of you and your children to the United Protestant Church in Duluth next Sunday at 1 p.m. That's where you'll have the opportunity to see the items gathered by the Letica's.

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Ryan Compeau

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