Holiday Train

 Donate for the Holiday Train

Weather Update (3:30pm 12/10):

The forecast for the train’s arrival is cold. We encourage people to make safe choices and preparations to keep warm. While festivities start as early as 4:00pm, the train will not arrive until 6:00pm. Please plan accordingly, especially if you have children or other vulnerable people in your party.

There will be limited places nearby to warm up before or after the train. (Most do not offer vantage points to see the train.) The businesses that will be open are:
SLP Nest
SLP Nutrition
The Block SLP (will also have a warming tent in their parking lot)
Mexico City Cafe
American Legion SLP Post 282
MUDDY PAWS CHEESECAKE Co.
sota clothing
Holiday Station

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns to St. Louis Park Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Arrive on site ahead of the train to enjoy warm food and beverages, listen to holiday music, drop off your food shelf donation, and grab a good spot.

The event is free. Attendees are invited to bring a healthy food item or financial donation for STEP. The mission of the Holiday Train is to address food insecurity in the communities it stops.

People are welcome to start gathering at 4:00pm. Music, hot food and beverages will be available. The train’s estimated arrival is 6:00 p.m. The concert from the train will only be viewable from the west side of the tracks. Once the train pulls in, it will not be possible to cross to the other side of the tracks. Check out the event page for all the up-to-date details. Parking options (including handicap parking) can be viewed here.

Thank you to the Host Partners for planning and logistical support: City of St. Louis Park, Citizens Independent Bank, Discover St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park School District, and Webb Group – Re/Max Results.

ENGINEER SPONSOR ($5,000)

The St. Louis Park stop of the Holiday Train is presented by The Webb Group of Re/Max Results.

 

DISPATCHER SPONSOR ($2,500)

The Excelsior Group

CONDUCTOR SPONSOR ($1,000)

Anderson Companies

Citizens Independent Bank

Discover St. Louis Park

Park Tavern

Shops at the West End

St Louis Park Rotary

STATION MASTER SPONSOR ($250 or event support)

Acacia Chapter 272 Order of the Eastern Star

American Legion

The Block Restaurant

D&D Goodies Foodtruck

Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapels

Gleason Printing

Harlowe

Mexico City Cafe

Mountain Mike’s Foodtruck

North Star Donuts

Parktacular Ambassadors

St Louis Park Lions

Holiday Toy Donations

Each year STEP brings joy to over 500 St. Louis Park children by providing toys over the holiday season. With your help we can continue that tradition this year.

For ideas and easy donating see our online wish lists at Amazon & Target. Target Gift Cards are also in great demand for this program.

Top needed Infant/Toddler toys: counting toys, bath toys, trucks, multicultural dolls, shape sorters.
Top needed Ages 4-7 toys: role play toys, play-doh sets, Hatchimals, LOL Surprise, Ryan’s World, robotics, Frozen 2, Paw Patrol, Hairdorables, multicultural Barbies.
Top needed Ages 8+ toys: Little Live Pets, Minecraft, spy gear sets, slime & science kits, craft kits, Funkoverse, headphones.
Target gift cards are also needed–Especially in values of $10, $20, or $30.

Please donate your new, unwrapped toy or gift card no later than Friday, December 13.

To help us better sort toys, attach the retail value of each item donated. Items in the $20 to $40 range are ideal.

Please no stocking stuffers, decorations, make-up, violent toys, balls, or used toys. Thank you!

Toys can be brought to STEP during our open hours or to community partners collecting on behalf of STEP. Collection sites include Once Upon A Child St. Louis Park, sota clothing, West End Chiropractic Care, Inc. & The Block SLP.

STEP Holiday Toy Registration and Holiday Food

STEP Holiday Toy Registration

Friday November 1 through Friday December 13, 2019

Infants to 18 year olds living in your home in St. Louis Park are eligible for STEP’s holiday gift program.

Register your children one of two ways:

  1. During November food shelf appointment OR
  2. Drop in between 11/1 and 12/13 during the following hours (NO Appointment Necessary):

Mon 8am – 10am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm, Tuesday 12:30pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 7:30pm

Wed & Thursday 8am – 10am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm or Friday 8am – 11:30am

Please expect to wait if you drop in to register.

Documents needed to register:

  • Picture ID
  • Current utility bill or an apartment lease
  • Birth certificate or passport for EACH child unless you have already registered them at STEP for the Toy or School Supply program in the last two years. Other verification may be accepted as long as it contains the birth date.

STEP Registración para Distribución de Juguetes

Viernes 1 de noviembre al viernes 13 de diciembre 2019

Niños hasta los 18 años viviendo en su casa son elegibles para participar en este programa

Registra a sus niños uno de las dos formas:

  1. Durante su visita normal para la dispensa O
  2. Venga durante los siguientes tiempos: 11/1-12/13 Lunes 8am-10am & 12:30-3:30pm, Martes 12:30-3:30 & 5pm-7:30pm, Miércoles & Jueves 8am-10am & 12:30-3:30pm o Viernes 8am-11:30am.          (es posible que habrá espera sin sita)

Documentos necesarios para registrar:

  • Identificación con foto
  • Recibo de cuenta de gas o luz con su dirección actual
  • Certificado de nacimiento o pasaporte para cada niño a menos que haya registrado CADA niño para el programa de regreso a la escuela dentro de los dos últimos años. Otros verificaciones oficiales de fecha de nacimiento serán aceptados también.

 

STEP Holiday Food

STEP provides holiday food during the month of November as part of our daily food shelf experience. Clients also receive a gift card to the store to purchase holiday meat. Interested parties must make a food shelf appointment during the month of November.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

FOOD SHELF VISITS ARE LIMITED TO ONE (1) VISIT IN NOVEMBER

AND ONE (1) VISIT IN DECEMBER AND WILL INCLUDE HOLIDAY FOOD

RECORDATORIO IMPORTANTE:

HAY UN MAXIMO DE UNA (1) VISITA EN NOVIEMBRE Y

UNA (1) VISITA EN DICIEMBRE PARA LA DISPENSA DE COMIDA

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

STEP hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for over 100 volunteers and their guests in celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month. We can’t think of a better way to thank our volunteers than by treating them to dinner and a (silly) show! Special thanks to Westwood Lutheran Church for hosting us and for Ben & Jerry’s for donating ice cream for dessert!

Charity Navigator & Charities Review Council

We’ve received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator! This means we’re accountable, transparent, and financially healthy! Check out our Charity Navigator profile to learn more!
https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also meet the standards for the Charities Review Council. Check out our Charities Review Council page by clicking on https://smartgivers.org/organizations/st-louis-park-emergency-program/ 

Wish List

Have you ever felt the desire to donate to STEP and just weren’t sure what we needed?  Well, we have a solution to that conundrum!  We have started a Target Wish list that we will be regularly updating with items that are of current need at STEP.
We can usually order basic food staples at a great discount from other sources, but there are many non-food items or specialty items that we cannot source through those options.  If you are looking for ideas on how to support STEP check out and share the wish list.
Thank you!

Warm Coats for Winter

Warm Coats for Winter
STEP will have winter coats available throughout October for St. Louis Park children and adults who are in need of one. Come during STEP’s Clothes Closet hours and bring current address verification (a utility bill or lease). Call 952-925-4899 with any questions.

STEP Clothes Closet Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Tuesdays: 1:00-3:00 pm and 6:00-7:30 pm
Thursdays: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00-11:00 am

 

Winter Coats Donations

If you would like to donate a gently used or new winter coat, please drop off your donation at STEP during our business hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesdays: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

All ages and sizes of Coats/Jackets* and Accessories are needed.

*Please only warm winter coats–no lightweight jackets or vests.
Accessories especially needed in all sizes: Boots, Gloves, Mittens, Snow Pants

Click here to order via STEP’s Amazon Wish List

Let’s make sure that everyone in St. Louis Park will be warm this coming winter!

WE NEED YOU!!

STEP is excited to be starting work on a new program, Food Rescue! This program will enable us to pick up unwanted food from a local grocery store and distribute the product through our food shelf. This is a great opportunity to offer more healthful, fresh food options to our clients that utilize our services.

We are looking to build a crew of volunteers that are excited and dedicated to helping us make this program a success. Available shifts are Monday and Friday mornings, we are looking for warehouse volunteers to help unload, sort, organize and get rescue product out to food shelf clients. Volunteers would need to be able to lift boxes up to 50 pounds on a regular basis. Please contact Allison at allison@stepslp.org for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.

Fare for All

Have you heard about the great food purchasing program we have in St. Louis Park called Fare For All?

It is a non-profit, community-supported program to purchase fresh produce, meat and more at a cost lower than the grocery stores! There is no need to register and is open to EVERYONE regardless of financial situation. The more people who participate, the more savings are passed on to customers.

Fare For All accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards.  Fare for All is a pop-up location in St. Louis Park at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (8115 State Hwy 7) one time each month. The next date is Wednesday January 18th.  All of the SLP 2017 dates can be found here.  We highly encourage you to give it a try and spread the word to your friends and neighbors!

 

January will also feature the Shoe Away Hunger bus. New and gently used shoes will be fore sale: kids shoes $2, adult shoes $5. They accept cash and credit.  All proceeds help to fund “Good in the ‘Hood feeding Programs”.  Shoe donations and monetary donations are also welcomed.