By Rebekah Hoeger
With Christmas approaching quickly, students at Saint Mary’s University are studying diligently to finish the semester while parents are preparing for their kids to come home. Some families, though, are more worried about finding affordable presents for their loved ones to enjoy.
Gifts for Winona is a program that has been going on for nine years. This program helps local families by providing presents in their time of need. According to Laurie Haase, a program organizer, the program serves 1000 individuals and 400 families. Every Christmas, community members donate presents, leaving them at trees located in the area. This year, volunteers placed trees at the Winona Public Library, Saint Mary’s Hall,