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Rescue Christmas: organization giving the gift of warmth

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DULUTH, MN-- KBJR 6 is teaming up with the Salvation Army to rescue Christmas for people in need in the northland.

We're also highlighting holiday heroes. One group is giving the gift of warmth to people struggling this year.

Tina Nordin knows a big pile of socks is not really what any kid wants to see under their Christmas tree.

She also knows socks could be exactly what a child needs.

"That got me thinking about the necessities in life and how important they are in the area," Nordin said.

Nordin and the team at Fond-du-Luth Casino collect socks every holiday season.

"It's one of the least-donated items to local charities. I mean, if you think about it, nobody donates their old socks," Nordin said.

So far this year, they've collected 3,400 pairs. The Salvation Army will hand them out during the organization's Distribution Week, when families get food, toys and necessities for the holidays.

"It's not a luxury that everybody gets and the fact that we have 3,402 pairs of socks that we can give to those in need here in the Duluth area, we know those socks are going to be utilized," said Dan Williamson, Development Director at the Duluth Salvation Army.

They're already setting up for the big giveaway, with special pandemic safety precautions in place.

"Normally our distribution days would be two or three days. We're doing a whole week in order to meet the need," Williamson said.

That need is something with which Nordin is familiar.

"Through the years I have run into tough times myself and in those tough times, I have reached out to Salvation Army and they helped me," she said.

That's why she's now supporting the organization, at a time when the community needs its own helping hand.

"The need has always been there. It just so happens right now that the need is at its greatest," Williamson said.

The sock drive at Fond-du-Luth Casino goes through December 15th.

This is it's 11th year and they're hoping to hit 70,000 pairs of socks collected.

Distribution Week at the Salvation Army is December 14th through the 18th. They still need volunteers to help.

If you'd like to donate or volunteer, click here for information.

Bonney Bowman

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