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Freedom Home Care is partnering with three area senior living communities and two of Mankato’s homeless shelters to wrap holiday gifts donated to families experiencing a temporary housing crisis.

Gift Wrapping Schedule:

Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center – 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 12th

Primrose Retirement Community – 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, December 13th

New Perspective Senior Living – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, December 15


Every year Partners for Affordable Housing, (PAH) parent agency for Mankato’s two homeless shelters (Theresa House and the Welcome Inn), coordinates the distribution of holiday gifts to nearly 40 homeless families in our region. Gifts are purchased through the generosity of local donors and wrapped by volunteers.

“The holidays should be a time of joy for the families we serve,” said Gabriell Edel, Communications Coordinator at Partners for Affordable Housing. “With the generous support of our local community members we are able to provide gifts to families that might otherwise have none for Christmas.”

For the fourth year, senior living community residents will wrap the donated gifts. Partners for Affordable Housing will deliver the unwrapped gifts and serve as assistants to the senior wrappers.  All wrapped gifts will be distributed to families during the days preceding the Christmas holiday.  In addition to coordinating the events, Freedom Home Care provides the wrapping supplies and treats for the three participating communities.

In 2014 Christine Nessler, Business Relations and Co-Owner of Freedom Home Care, heard about PAH’s need for volunteers. Through her connections to local senior communities, Nessler knew that these residents were looking for meaningful community engagement. A unique and fun project was born.

“Partners for Affordable Housing needed volunteers and senior living communities have people eager to help, so it just made sense to coordinate that partnership,” said Nessler. “We were so happy to be able to help in this small way because we know just how important Partners for Affordable Housing is for our community.”

“The residents of Primrose of Mankato look forward to this opportunity to give back to their community and help those in need each year,” said Lora Brady, Life Enrichment Coordinator of Primrose of Mankato. “This is our fourth year helping to wrap gifts and we love that it’s something we can do without having to leave Primrose.”

Freedom Home Care is also coordinating a “Toiletries Drive” in partnership with Old Main Village and Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center during the month of December. Donated items should be unused and can include soaps, lotions, tooth brushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc…

Donations of toiletries can be dropped off at:

Freedom Home Care

101 North Second Street, Suite 100, Mankato

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

Old Main Village

301 South Fifth Street, Mankato

8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday

Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center

at 201 Oaklawn Avenue, Mankato

7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Wednesday

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday to Sunday


Community members interested in donating to Partners for Affordable Housing to help family experiencing homelessness should contact PAH’s Communications Coordinator, Gabriell Edel at 507.387.2115, ext. 4.

Learn more about Partners for Affordable Housing.


December 01, 2017 in Community Resources, Event, News


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