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Dave Olson, Published November 22 2012

Tradition of Moorhead Christmas party for kids continues

By Dave Olson


MOORHEAD – A Moorhead holiday tradition nearly two decades strong is continuing this year with help from the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 941 and Globe University.

The organizations are joining together to host a Christmas party for area children that is set for 4 to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13, on the campus of Globe University, formerly known as Minnesota School of Business, 2777 34th St. S.

The party follows a tradition that started in the mid-1990s, when Joe and Cory Bennett began hosting Christmas parties to benefit children in their Moorhead neighborhood.

Early on, the parties where held at Morningside Rentals and Video, a business the Bennetts once operated in south Moorhead.

Over the years, the event has been held in different places and sometimes not at all, but this year the Bennetts will again play a part in the Christmas party, according to Joe Bennett, who turned 79 last July.

“Last year, we made up about 100 sacks (of gifts) and went around to different places,” Bennett said.

He said this year organizers are making sure that, in addition to children, individuals with developmental disabilities are being invited to the party.

Bennett, whose family has a Moorhead park named in their honor, said giving back to the community has been a natural thing to do.

“It’s just part of our life,” Bennett said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555