MATURA's holiday program brings cheer to families in need

Published: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 10:48 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 11:06 a.m. CDT
(CNA photo by SARAH BROWN)
The wishlists of two anonymous local children hang on a Christmas tree inside Creston's Chamber of Commerce, 208 W. Taylor St. MATURA Action Corporation has partnered with the Chamber to fulfill the holiday wishes of local children through an Adopt-a-Family holiday program. To donate, individuals may stop by the Chamber office, choose an ornament and return the items to the Chamber office by Dec. 20.

It’s looking a little bit like Christmas at Creston’s Chamber of Commerce.

Inside the Chamber office, a Christmas tree holds the names, ages, sizes and wishlist of local children, who have signed up for MATURA’s Adopt-a-Family holiday program.

Until Dec. 20, ornaments — made by Barb Coenen of Maple Street Memories — will dangle on a Christmas Tree decorated by Teresa Cheers of Teresa’s Fine Floral. Residents are encouraged to bring some extra cheer this Christmas to families in need by visiting the Chamber office, 208 W. Taylor St., to choose a family to adopt and return the items listed.

MATURA’s Adopt-a-Family holiday program means many Creston families, who might not otherwise, will have a merry Christmas this year.

Janell Staats, energy and development director at MATURA Action Corporation, said children of more than 70 families received gifts donated by local donors during the MATURA’s 2012 holiday drive and are hoping to increase that number this year with the community’s support.

Applications are still be accepted by MATURA until Dec. 11 for individuals and families wishing to receive gifts for their children. Applications are available at MATURA, 207 B Elm St. Parking and entrance are located on the east side of the building, which is handicap accessible.


MATURA Executive Director Ron Ludwig announced service locations have officially changed.

Nutrition and health services such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC), I-smile (dental health) and Maternal Child Health (MCH) will remain at 210 Russell St.

At MATURA’s administrative offices, 207 Elm St., staff have coated the interior with fresh paint and have expanded into the space formerly occupied by Reflections Beauty and Tanning Salon, which has moved to 500 W. Union St.

The expansion has allowed staff to increase the number of donations they can accept and have additional storage space for donations, meetings and client services.

At the Elm Street location, clients have access to services for career, energy, weatherization, Head Start, family development and self-sufficiency.

Additional information on MATURA’s support services can be found at

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