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Santa’s Closet set up, ready to serve

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt The many hands helping hands of the New Ulm Steel help Sertoma Club setup Santa’s closet all in one morning. Tables were arranged and toys were sorted in no time.

NEW ULM–The New Ulm Steel Hockey team served as Santa’s helpers Friday morning with the setup of Santa’s Closet in the New Ulm Armory.

For over 20 years the Sertoma Club of Brown County has organized Santa’s Closet to serves children in Brown County in need of a happy Christmas.

Lanaye Kral said the toys are distributed based on Family Service recommendation. On Saturday, the parents will walk through a table full of toys and select an item for their kid.

Santa’s Closet always received generous donations for the toy drive. Santa’s Closet serves 400 children in Brown County.

New Ulm High School and Middle\e School students with the local chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) also donated items to Santa’s Closet.

District Superintendent Jeff Bertrang said students in FCCLA raised money to buy toys for the charity. Those students personally delivered the toys during the setup event on Friday.

Typically, the Friday set up for Santa’s Closet is an all-day process, but with help of the New Ulm Steel, everything came together faster.

“When you have 27 young men around, the job gets done quick,” Sertoma volunteer Sam Jacobs said.

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