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Forum staff reports , Published January 14 2013

Charities benefit from Santa Village donations

FARGO – During the Fargo Park District’s annual Santa Village at Rheault Farm Nov. 24 through Dec. 23, more than 13,600 visitors attended and gave donations to benefit those in need in the community.

During the event, $3,474 in cash donations were collected and these funds were distributed to the Giving Tree of Hope and Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Hospital, Fargo.

Donated food, totaling 7,938 pounds, went to the Great Plains Food Bank, and more than 1,000 new and gently used toys were given to the YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Santa Village also donated 2,656 letters to Macy’s, which donated $1 to the Make A Wish Foundation for every letter written.