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Program helping needy finds itself homeless

The Gift Box Program, a non-profit effort helping families in need, is seeking temporary facilities for its operations during the upcoming holidays.

"I just found out we're homeless," Coordinator Felicia Sather said Thursday, referring to the irony in a program dedicated to serving the less fortunate being without a base of operations itself.

The gym at the former Ellsworth Junior High School (now the Ames Business Center) is no longer available to the group, Sather said. So a fairly good-sized space is being sought for program purposes and one that's at least partially heated would be appreciated.

The area will be occupied by workers and storage the week of Dec. 10-16, she said. The program's work schedule calls for setting up shelving Sunday evening of that week, sorting and wrapping that Monday through Wednesday, finalizing those aspects that Thursday, organizing that Friday and distributing that Saturday.

The program relies on volunteers, which have totalled over 100 in the past, the coordinator said. Between 30 and 50 may be present during any given work session.

If possible, Sather said she'd like to have a facilities site arranged by around Thanksgiving. Anyone with suitable space they'd be willing to let the program use is asked to contact her at 273-5008.