St. Nick's Boot: join us in giving
St. Nick's Boot is back! This year, the boot is outside the La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, Wisconsin, from Dec. 2 - 17. We've teamed up with the La Crosse Tribune to share the stories of three La Crosse-area non-profits who serve our brothers and sisters with mental health issues.
Family & Children's Center
“Kids communicate through play,” said Ryan Knutson, a professional counselor at the Family and Children’s Center. “Getting a kid to sit down on a chair and do therapy is very difficult. This is a resource we can use to help them get talking.”
The Play Therapy Room serves an important role in the Family and Children’s Center youth outpatient program, which, along with the organization’s adult outpatient service, will benefit from St. Nick’s Boot, a charitable collaboration sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and the La Crosse Tribune."
Family & Children's Center is looking for Kimochis books, Edushape Feelings Friend plush toys, bags of sand for the sand table, six ounce of larger bottles of bubbles with wands, pinwheels, 100 piece puzzles, Duplo Legos, clay or Play-Do and shoe box size plastic bins. Read "Family & Children's Center seeks donations for outpatient therapy programs." Drop your gifts in St. Nick's Boot, located in front of the La Crosse Center (or contact Family & Children's Center directly).
RAVE, Recovery Avenue
"Originally begun as a resource for people with mental health issues, RAVE has evolved over the years to serve recovering addicts as well, and now is a peer-run drop-in center for anyone who might need friendly faces, a cup of joe, art and music classes and activities, kick-back time or to find others to join in a game of pool, euchre or whatever card games suit their fancies."
RAVE is looking for art supplies, games, playing cards, head phones and more. Read "First loot from St. Nick's Boot draws RAVE reviews."
RAVE full wishlist:
Monetary Donations for Programming, Headphones, Playing Cards, Games- Board or Card, Gift Cards to Local Grocery Stores, Adult coloring books, Puzzle type books- Crosswords, Sudoko, etc., Dish Towels, Art and Craft Supplies: Canvases, Acrylic Paint, Sketch Books, Sketching Pencils, Markers, Paint Brushes, Modeling Clay.