A quick Mrs. Claus update

16 Oct

I had the opportunity to check in with Florence Kinney several days ago. You know her from my blog as “Mrs. Claus,” who every year purchases thousands of gifts (mostly with her own money) to deliver to children all over the Rochester area. After 32 years of doing this, she’s nearing the incredible goal of 100,000 gifts given.

When I spoke with her recently, however, she seemed a bit worried. She had just returned from a trip to visit family down South, hoping that down there she’d be able to purchase most of the 400 or so gifts she still needed to reach her goal — since she was having trouble getting what she needed up here. But she kept hitting roadblocks at the stores, because they couldn’t get the products themselves, or didn’t have enough people to stock the shelves.

So she only was able to purchase about half of what she’d hoped, and is still about 200 gifts short.

Several generous readers have already reached out with donations, and I’ve already delivered a bunch to her (she was unbelievably grateful). But she could use a bunch more. So if there are any more kind readers out there who need a great cause this holiday season, I encourage you to help Florence reach her amazing goal.

Some of the items she’d especially appreciate include winter wear for children ages infant to 18 (like hats, gloves, scarves, lots and lots of socks); toy trucks, Little Peeples, Barnies, baby dolls or any toys without small parts; and storybooks. Bottom line, though, if you’d like to donate any kind of new toy or winter wear, she’ll find a child who will greatly appreciate it.

Click here to read my most recent blog for more information about Florence’s divinely-inspired mission. If you’d like to donate something, drop me an email at missyblog@gmail.com and we’ll chat about how we can get your gifts to her.

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(posted 10/16/2022)

2 Responses to “A quick Mrs. Claus update”

  1. Betty October 17, 2022 at 8:39 am #

    I would like to donate some winter wear. Where should I drop it off and how soon. What an amazing lady!!

    • websterontheweb October 17, 2022 at 11:46 am #

      Hi Betty! Thanks so much for offering to help out!! If you want to send me an email please at missyblog@gmail.com, I can give you my home address. You can drop them off there and I will deliver them to Florence.

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