Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC)

Fulfilling our neighbors' basic needs


Operation Joy

November 17, 2019

Operation Joy
“Share the Joy!”

December 9, 10, 11, & 12, 2019

Operation Joy is a holiday gift program sponsored by the Community Action Center of Northfield.  Through the generosity of hundreds of individual donors and dedicated volunteers, approximately 850 children from 350 households will receive gifts through the Operation Joy program this year.  It takes a whole community working together to make this magical program possible.


DONATE MONEY: Cash gifts are used to meet specific needs and fill in the gaps.  The fundraising goal for 2019 is $25,000.00.  Checks can be made out to: CAC-Operation Joy, 1651 Jefferson Parkway – Suite HS-200, Northfield, MN 55057.

DONATE GIFTS: New, unwrapped toys and gifts can be dropped off in designated donation boxes at local churches and businesses or at the Community Action Center from November 12 through December 8.

DONATE QUILTS OR FLEECE BLANKETS: New, store bought or homemade. Each family receives a blanket or quilt. Please contact Deb Laven at 507-663-9062 for more information.

DONATE YOUR TIME: Volunteers are needed to help on December 9, 10, 11 and 12 with the sorting of gifts, assisting participants with their gift selections, gift wrapping, and room clean-up.  Please call the Community Action Center at 507-664-3550 or visit  to sign up.

BAKE COOKIES: Cookies are served to participants and volunteers during the event. Please contact Mary Peterson for more information, 507-649-1889.

SEW SLEEPWEAR: – Each child receives pajamas. Pre-cut kits are available at the Clothes Closet. Please contact Lori Schmidt,, or Darlene Witt, (507) 645-7296 for more information.

If you know of anyone who should be invited to attend Operation Joy,
please encourage them to call the CAC, 507-664-3550.


 Northfield Area Fire & Rescue Services
Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, December 7, 2019
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Northfield V.F.W.
 516 Division Street, Northfield MN

Adults $9.00 Under 10 $3.00
Or two complimentary tickets if you bring an
unwrapped gift valued at $20.00 or more.

Santa Claus will be at the dinner!
~ All proceeds will go to the CAC Operation Joy Program ~


On behalf of the CAC and all the people served by this program,
thank you for caring and sharing this holiday season.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!


Jenny Basinger- CAC Operation Joy Coordinator
Debbie Haan- CAC Data System Manager
Andrew Tussing- Fire & Rescue Squad Fundraiser
Deb Laven- Quilt Coordinator
Mary Peterson & Kris Dennison- Hospitality Coordinators
Lori Schmidt, Lori Malecha and Darlene Witt- Pajama Coordinators
Sue deMalignon, Lisa Percy and Peggy Olmanson- Book Coordinators
Janet Dale-Hats and mittens Coordinator
Jennifer Toth and Anika Rychner