Posted on Monday October 1, 2018 by Vanessa Lenz

Holiday Help of East Troy returns for year 5

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.


The resource center is currently looking for businesses or organizations to participate in donation collections.

Click here for participation form. 

Businesses or organizations wishing to participate, should send above form with payment (if applicable) via mail to:  

East Troy Family Community Resource Center
PO Box 962
East Troy, WI 53120

All donations are due by Oct. 26 to allow organizers to assess where support is needed.

For more information, contact Komperud at (262) 642-4900 or

Please note in the memo line of your check: Holiday Help 2018.  All donations are tax deductible.

Collection Options:
Adopt a family:  Adopt a family and request a specific number of children. Organizers would like to see each child receive at least two clothing items and two toy/gift items (a minimum of four separately wrapped gifts per child).

Help provide Christmas dinner:  “We would like to purchase Christmas dinner for _____ families at $50 per family. Check made payable to ETFCRC."

Help with gasoline costs.  “We would like to purchase ____ gas gift cards at $20 per family. Check made payable to ETFCRC."

Provide gas gift cards for families for holiday travel.  “We would like to purchase ____ gas gift cards at $20 per family.  Check made payable to ETFCRC."

General donation to Holiday Help Program. "We would like to make a donation of $______ to support the Holiday Help Program as needed.  Check made payable to ETFCRC."

Workplace Drive. "We are interested in having a work place drive" (Please notify Marolyn ASAP if you'd like to participate):   
_____Socks and underwear drive in sizes toddler through adult
_____Hygiene products (toothbrushes/toothpaste/shampoo/conditioner/deodorant, etc.)
_____Pajamas Drive in sizes toddler through adult
_____New reading books from toddler to young adult
_____Gift Card Drive for Teens ($10-$15 gift cards for places teens may enjoy like Subway, Cousins, McDonalds, Taco Bell, 2894 On Main, Gus’s, Culver’s, Starbucks, Movie Theaters, Walmart, etc.)      

Help for Families in Need

Prospective families in need of the Holiday Help program will be referred by the East Troy Community School District, East Troy Food Pantry, Helping Hands of St. Peter's and other venues. Families in need of assistance must apply no later than Tuesday, Nov. 13.

To apply for this program, families or individuals can contact the East Troy Food Pantry at (262) 642-4357 or 2847 Austin St. on Tuesdays from 7:30-11:30 a.m. or Thursdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m., East Troy School District social worker Kim Pluess (262) 642-6760 (x5242), Diane Hamilton
with Helping Hands of St. Peters (262) 642-7225 or Marolyn Komperud, East Troy Family and Community Resource Center (262) 642-4900.

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