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'Ms. Christmas' has passion for giving


December 13, 2019

Jana Peterson

Judy Marciniak-Flynn and Paula Maki wrapped gifts at the table in Maki's apartment, which is crowded with presents and bags filled with items yet to be wrapped. Maki spreads her spirit of giving each holiday season.

Even in a year that included a flooded apartment and moving into a new building, Cloquet's Paula Maki is still doing all she can to fulfill her mission of bringing Christmas gifts and joy to residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult foster homes in Carlton County and beyond.

For that, she has both a nonprofit organization and an alias, with the same name: Ms. Christmas.

Now living at Larson Commons, Maki held a Christmas party Monday for the assisted care residents, giving each one a bag with thoughtful Christmas presents and one person an electric wheelchair that Mak...

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