The Clothes Pantry “Wishing Tree Project” will begin the 2017 Holiday Season of Giving on Sunday, Nov. 19 and continue through Saturday, Dec. 9. Residents living in the Ballard School District are eligible to request assistance with gifts for their children. Only Ballard children from birth to 12th grade are eligible for the program. Participants will be required to bring proof of residence in the Ballard Community if new, letter with name and address etc… participants should come in during open hours and fill out a “Wish List” and put it on the tree. Pantry hours are: Sundays, 1-3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon.

Community members wanting to fulfill these wishes should also come in during these days and take a “list” home to purchase some of the items requested.

Gifts purchased need to be returned to the pantry by Wednesday, Dec. 13. It is up to the individual whether or not to wrap the gifts. It is recommended to put gifts in a large bag, along with wrapping paper and tape, as well as the list/glove they selected. Parents then could wrap the gifts themselves.

Gifts may be picked up by families at the pantry on Saturday, Dec. 16 or Sunday, Dec. 17 during open hours, unless other arrangements have been made.

For questions about the project, to select a family if these hours do not work or to make a donation, call Jeriann McLaughlin @ 597-2971 Ext: 2190 at Ballard High School or 515-291-3543 or email

The pantry is located behind Ballard Creek Retirement Center on North Hwy. 69 in Huxley.

Please take time to help make a difference in your community!

Pantry will be closed to the public Nov. 25, 26 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 13–17 for gift distribution.