After a motivational speaker visited North Polk High School, Noah Wille created Ornaments for Outreach as a way to raise funds to help a variety of causes throughout his community. Now what came about as part of a school seminar class has transformed into a growing Christmas tradition.
With the help from donations such as paint sticks from Home Depot and a little imagination, Wille and other students have created one-of-a-kind, handcrafted wooden ornaments, along with painted Christmas balls. These ornaments are then sold at community events such as the American Legion Holiday Extravaganza and the Polk City Tree Lighting, to name a few.
In addition, Wille has also developed an Ornaments for Outreach Facebook page, where supporters have not only posted photos of the ornaments on their Christmas trees, but can also donate online.
Donations and proceeds from Ornaments for Outreach go to create 500 care packages for underprivileged families in the Des Moines area. These care packages consist of socks, mittens, hats, toothpaste, food items and more. Additional funds will also go to support DMARC Food Pantry and the Hope Ministries.
Those wishing to donate items for the care packages, donate items for the creation of ornaments to sell, or purchase ornaments can visit Polk City Arts & Marketplace, located on the Polk City Square.