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Packing party set at Catalyst

Catalyst, a new church in Douglas County, and the Alexandria YMCA are hosting a care package packing party on Sunday, November 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the YMCA.

Participants will pack care packages for children in need around the world through Operation Christmas Child and for U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Those who attend are asked to bring shoe boxes, donations for postage ($8-$12.50), and items to pack in the boxes.

For a list of what to bring, visit the Catalyst Church website at and click on upcoming events/care package packing party.

Treats will be served, along with coffee and drinks for children. There is no cost for the care package party and guests do not need to be YMCA members to attend.

For information on the event or the church, call the Catalyst office at (320) 759-1800, e-mail, or visit the website