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Local nonprofit agency gets unexpected holiday gift

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

As part of Wal-Mart's 12 days of giving program, several $10,000 grants were given out to different organizations.

On Day 7, the focus was on organizations that provide affordable housing, safe shelters and other necessities for the homeless. Sioux City's Crittenton Center got one of those grants, and officials say it'll go a long way in 2012.

"Emergency Shelter is run by different donations and so, we're always very grateful and appreciative of anything that can help the shelter function," said Jennifer Hanks, Crittenton Center.

The center says it should get the check soon, and hope to be able to rebuild their volleyball courts. Their focus, for now, is helping all the children they see have a better holiday. 

"We have quite a strong appeal right now for trying to get some winter clothing to the shelter, so that the kids can have shoes and boots. A lot of times they show up with nothing on their back," said Carol Case, Crittenton Center.

Officials say they submitted their bid for the grant in late November. For it, they had to write a 200 word story and include a picture of the Crittenton Center. Case said there were a total of 5,400 submissions that Wal-Mart reviewed before awarding the winners.

Officials say 391 children used the facilities at the Crittenton Center this year. While many of the children are able to leave after a night or two, many stay even longer.

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