Minneapolis: Where the action is

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Local volunteers with the annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts Program made a trek to Minneapolis, Minn., to assist with the distribution of the gift boxes prior to their being shipped to numerous locations around the world. The shoebox gifts are distributed to children who live in wartorn countries or in areas that have been devastated by natural disasters, including the Philipines, which was recently struck by a devastating typhon. Pictured are: kneeling from left, Julie Bietala, Dacota Lambert, Bobbi Lambert, Brandee Houseman, Danny Pederson, and Elise Randahl. Standing are Mary Kaluza, who is from Minneapolis and joins the local group, Frank and Sue Royer, Sabrina Doneau, Dian Peacock, Candy Oslund, LuAnn Lindquist, and Elizabeth Pederson.