Holiday Donation Station fuels holiday spirit

Northfield Hospital & Clinics’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) gave Santa a helping hand last week with its first annual Holiday Donation Station.

EMS staff invited community members to donate toys, non-perishable food items, books, outerwear and cash at a special open house on November 24.  During a five-hour period, community members donated 93 clothing items (coats, gloves, clothes, hats); 165 toys; 80 food items; and $55 worth of gift cards.

Brian Edwards, EMS manager, said two-thirds of the toys will be donated to Toys for Tots; all other items will go to Christmas Sharing or the Northfield Food Shelf.

Edwards thanked KYMN radio, Northfield News, Ace hardware, and, as well as the employees of Northfield Hospital EMS, Northfield Police Department, and Northfield Fire Department for their help in staging this event.

“Most importantly, I want to thank the people who donated,” Edwards said. “Their generosity will make the holidays brighter for our neighbors who are facing financial challenges this year.”

EMS will also be accepting donations in downtown Northfield on Thursday, Dec. 6, during Winter Walk. 

Pictured left to right back row:

Josh Hall – Northfield Hospital EMT and Northfield Fire Department firefighter,  Santa, Rich Bailey-Northfield Police Department, Nick Londowski-Northfield Hospital paramedic.

Pictured let to right front row:

Bennett Edwards (son of Brian Edwards-EMS Manager), Gabe Schoephoerster, Jazmin Brown (daughter of Norfield Hospital paramedic Amy Brown), Gunnar Johnson (son of Northfield Hospital paramedic Joe Johnson), Roman Schoephoerster (Roman & Gabe are sons of Northifeld Hospital EMT Rebecca Schoephoerster)