In the spirit of helping others, the Ellsworth Gift Box Program is starting up. The focus of this group is to make sure families in need in the Ellsworth Community School District are taken care of during the holidays. The program is facilitated by several volunteers, students, donations and the Ellsworth School Foundation.

Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services will open their facility for drop-off and pick-ups again this year. Last year over 85 families were helped.

Applications and sponsor forms for the Ellsworth Gift Box Program are available at as well as at all Ellsworth Community School Building offices, Saint Francis School, Ellsworth Public Library, and many local churches. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, Nov. 14, to ensure a match with a sponsor.

Sponsor gifts may be delivered 1-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services, W7725 U.S. Highway 10, Ellsworth. Monetary donations are appreciated and needed for those that do not have sponsors. Monetary donations should be made payable to Ellsworth School Foundation/Gift Box Program, P.O. Box 1500, Ellsworth, WI 54011.

Applicant families will be notified when their gifts arrive. Pick-up will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, and 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 14, or possibly the day they are dropped off.