Nonprofit appeals for return of donation-filled trailer stolen in St. Louis Park

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The Thanksgiving Day Free Store is a 26-year tradition now in jeopardy after a recent theft of a trailer storing donated items for the annual homeless outreach event.

Suzie White’s mother, Jo Senander, started the nonprofit to distribute free winter clothes and essential items in 1995. Every year they collect and store donations outside Union Congregational Church in St. Louis Park to distribute at St. Stephen’s Catholic School in south Minneapolis on Thanksgiving Day. Between 500 and 700 people attend.

But there is a problem this year: The trailer was stolen. Police are investigating and White hopes the trailer will