Help MHNA Keep the Kids Warm!

The Merle Hay Neighborhood Association is once again collecting new clothing donations for elementary school children through our Keep the Kids Warm program at the October quarterly meeting.

This year, we are collecting winter clothing for students at Hillis Elementary School. Donations of NEW coats, boots, stocking hats, gloves, snow pants and mittens are welcome. The following sizes are needed:

Coats & snow pants- (boys and girls): 6/6x, 7/8, 10/12, 16 or 18.
Boots (boys and girls): 1, 2, and 3, 4
Gloves (boys and girls): S, M, L & XL

We will also gladly accept monetary donations (checks made out to MHNA) and handle the shopping.

For more information about the clothing drive or to make a clothing or monetary donation, contact Kathy Battles by email at, or 515.865.3040. If you would like to drop your monetary or clothing donations at Kathy’s home, please feel free to do so. Her home address is 2729 62nd St., and she will also be happy to pick up things from your home for the kids at Hillis.

Please call ahead.

Our cut off time is November 14th so we can get them to the kids before Thanksgiving break.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Join MHNA for National Night Out on Aug. 2

***Please note the venue change due to high heat!***

Please join the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association for our annual observance of National Night Out, America’s night out against crime, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 at Franklin Jr. High at 4801 Franklin Ave. We will be in the atrium of the auditorium, which is on the north side of the building by the large parking lot (in the same area as the Beaverdale Farmers Market). Our MHNA sign will be outside to mark the entrance.

There will be games and crafts for kids, family-friendly entertainment, door prizes, and great tips and information from public safety personnel about how to safeguard you, your loved ones, and your property. Cold refreshments and snacks will be provided!

National Night Out is a great way to meet your neighbors and learn more about safety within your home and while you’re out and about. Please help spread the word! We look forward to having a great turnout. Contact April Wyss at 515-707-6386 to volunteer, donate, or have a booth.

Merle HayDay rescheduled to June 28

The Merle Hay Neighborhood Association is celebrating our namesake with vendors, cool treats, prizes, and fun! Join us at the Tower Park shelter at 4900 Hickman Road in Des Moines from 6-8PM on Tuesday, June 28th!

Cool off in the Tower sprayground, take a few jumps in the bounce house, or play a bit of pickleball or basketball. This event is all about bringing the neighborhood together and celebrating Merle Hay, the first Iowan, and possibly the first American, to sacrifice his life for his country in WWI. We will also have information about the Merle Hay Corridor improvements and you’ll have an opportunity to give some input!

Des Moines Water Works H2Go station is sure to be a hit with the hot temps, and thanks to Des Moines Corporate Games and Live Healthy Iowa, we have water bottles to rehydrate you! With the Beaverdale Farmer’s Market close by, good food and music are only a few steps away.

Thank you to Ace Hardware on Hickman, Banker’s Trust Company, Neighborhood Finance Corp., Franklin Library, Hop A Lot, Bolton & Menk, Pat Meiners, Price Chopper Merle Hay, Des Moines Water Works, Des Moines Corporate Games, and Live Healthy Iowa for all you have done to make this event possible! Another big Thank You to the volunteers who help plan, setup, and make the night go smoothly!

Food Drive Extended Through March 20

The deadline for the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association’s food-drive has been extended to March 20 to allow more time for donations. The drive will support the Food Bank of Iowa, DMARC Food Pantry, the two Little Free Pantries in our neighborhood, and the Reach Church’s food pantry.

If you are mailing a check, please make the check out to MHNA, send it to MHNA at P.O. Box 31036, Des Moines, IA, 50310, and note that you would like the donation to go towards the food drive. You can also make a donation via PayPal using MHNA’s email address: If you make a donation via PayPal, you might consider adding 50-cents or $1 to help offset PayPal’s processing fees, and please note that you would like your donation applied to the food drive.

If you would like to drop off a food or monetary donation, please send a note to the email address above and we will connect you with our volunteers.

Thank you for helping us make this fundraiser a success!