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11th Annual Boat Loads of Toys produces $5,000 in toys and clothing to Upper Des Moines Opportunity

Fri 12-20-2019 Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Parks Marina in Okoboji and Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Spirit Lake have announced that the 11th Annual Boat Loads of Toys drive produced $5,000 worth of toys and children’s clothing.

The annual campaign provides Christmas toys and clothing to youth in need throughout Dickinson County and surrounding areas. Customers were encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts to Parks Marina and Okoboji Boat Works in Okoboji. In the course of 11 years Parks Marina customers have donated over $36,000 worth of toys and clothing.

“The generosity of our Parks Marina customers is overwhelming and greatly appreciated.” says Debbie Parks, Marketing Manager at Parks Marina. “We take great pride in our partnership with Upper Des Moines Opportunity and the important work they do for our community.”

Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. (UDMO) is one of 18 Community Action Agencies in the State of Iowa and has been serving area communities since 1965. It is a nonprofit organization that was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty at the local level.

“Dickinson County Outreach would like to thank Parks Marina and Okoboji Boat Works for their customer’s awesome donations of toys and clothes plus coats and snow pants,” said Jolene Egertson
Outreach Specialist for Upper Des Moines Opportunity, ”Families come in to pick out toys for their children’s Christmas. They are so thankful and joyful to be able to pick out a gift, almost like shopping.”

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