Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC)

Fulfilling our neighbors' basic needs


Operation Joy

Operation Joy 2020

Registration for Operation Joy 2020 is now closed.

Operation Joy has served families in the Northfield community since the 1970s. Each year, around 300 families participate in the program, and gifts donated by community members are shared with upwards of 800 children.

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Register for Operation Joy

Operation Joy 2020 will be held on Wednesday, December 2, at NCRC. The event will follow COVID-19 safety protocol and will include drive-thru service. More information coming soon!

If your family would like to receive support this holiday season, please click the button below to fill out a registration form. You must be registered in order to participate in Operation Joy. You will receive a confirmation email and an appointment time.

If you have questions regarding registration, please contact CAC at (507) 664-3550 for more information.

Share the Joy

Thank you for your support this holiday season! Because of the generosity of our community, we were able to serve over 900 Northfield area children this year! If you would like to donate to next year’s Operation Joy, please visit and designate your donation to Operation Joy.

Our goal is to provide a joyful holiday experience to all children in Northfield. At this time, the most impactful way our community can help support this goal is through monetary donations.

100% of donations go directly to helping provide a joyful holiday experience for kids in our community.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s donations will be used to purchase gift cards, which gives families the opportunity to select gifts their children will enjoy the most.

The Northfield community is made up of generous and thoughtful individuals, making it a truly unique place to live. We thank you for your support during this difficult time for so many people.

For questions or to learn more about how to support Northfield children through Operation Joy, please contact Lisa Percy via email at or phone at (507) 573-2610.

Thank you to our business sponsors of Operation Joy 2020!

Joy Makers

Capital Construction
Content Bookstore
Heartman Insurance

Cheer Spreaders

Community Resource Bank
Heritage Dental Care
Just Food Co-op
Post Consumer Brands
Rotary Club of Northfield
Schmidt Homes

Gift Givers

Bluewater Properties
Carleton College
Compeer Financial
Frandsen Bank & Trust
HomeTown Credit Union
Merchants Bank
Northfield Hospital + Clinics
Northfield Construction Company
Schieck Orthodontics