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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

"Stuff the Ambulance" Toy Drive Planned For Friday

Published in For the Health of It Author: CentraCare

On Friday, December 3rd, EMS crews from CentraCare and Carris Health locations across central and southwestern Minnesota will be teaming up to help spread holiday cheer!

From 10 am to 6 pm, find our "Stuff the Ambulance" toy drives at the locations below. If you cannot donate a new, unwrapped toy during these hours — you can do so ahead of time at the advance toy drop off locations listed in each community. 

Cash donations will also be accepted. 

Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive Locations


Long Prairie



Redwood Falls

You can also submit a donation online. On the check-out page, choose "Other" and enter "EMS Toy Drive" to make it clear your funds are to go to the Stuff the Ambulance event. 

Thank you in advance to all who will participate to help make the season brighter for a child in-need.