The Holiday Help of East Troy program will continue this year featuring a collaborative approach to assisting local families in need.
“It is through the generous support of local businesses, churches, organizations and community members that this program is able to continue,” said East Troy Family and Community Resource Center coordinator Marolyn Komperud, who leads the five-year-old initiative.
Komperud said the program model makes it easier than ever to provide families in need with gifts, winter clothing and a holiday meal during the holiday season.
In 2017, Holiday Help of East Troy served 78 families with a combined 166 children.
“This is truly a community venture and a way for East Troy to come together to help struggling families to have a blessed holiday season,” Komperud said.
Donations are due by Dec. 10 unless otherwise noted.
Here are ways to give this year:
1. Toy drive
The East Troy Lions Club is collecting gifts for children birth to 16 years of age for its new toy drive.
Donations can be dropped off at toy collection barrels at the following locations: Citizens Bank, Dollar General, First Citizens State Bank and Frank’s Piggly Wiggly East Troy through Dec. 10.
2. Gift giving trees
Giving trees to purchase gifts for local children will be located at East Troy Bible Church, Good Shepherd Church, Realty Executives Integrity and St. Peter’s Catholic Church and School. Wrapped donations are due no later than Sunday, Dec. 9.
3. Secret Santa
Associated Bank, 3292 Main St., is seeking East Troy community members/groups to serve as secret Santas by purchasing gifts for residents of East Troy Manor. The bank will be offering pictures with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Wrapped donations are due no later than Friday, Dec. 21.
4. Winter clothing drive
The East Troy Lioness Club is collecting hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks and slipper socks for children (infant to 18 years old) at First Citizens State Bank, 2546 E. Main St. Donations should be taken to the bank by Friday, Dec. 7.
5. Gifts for children & teens
Citizens Bank East Brook Branch, 2541 E. Main St., Unit A, will be collecting socks, underwear and pajamas in infant through adult sizes through Dec. 10.
Wanezek Family Dentistry, 2564 Main St., will be collecting toys, pajamas, socks/underwear, hygiene items (soap, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, feminine hygiene products, etc.) as well as monetary donations through Dec. 10.
Martins Hardware- Rental & Pet, 3288 Main St., will be collecting hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, children and infant bath products, etc. through Dec. 10.
6. Monetary donations
Monetary donations for the Holiday Help Program can be sent to the East Troy Family Community Resource Center, PO Box 962, East Troy, WI 53120.