Posted on Monday October 19, 2020 by

Support Holiday Help program amid COVID-19 demand

The Holiday Help of East Troy program will continue this year featuring a collaborative approach to assisting local families in need.

Local charities are getting a kick start on holiday donations, to make sure they have enough resources to help, during the pandemic.

"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 seven-year-old initiative. "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, monetary donations and family adoptions will be of utmost importance this year."

Komperud said the community partnership 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 2019, Holiday Help of East Troy served 71 families with a combined 177 children.



GET INVOLVED TODAY


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 the 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 Friday, Oct. 30 to allow organizers to assess where support is needed. Drives can take place between Nov. 23 and Dec. 11.

For more information, contact Komperud at easttroyfamily@gmail.com, Facebook messenger through East Troy Family and Community Resource Center and by phone/text at (262) 642-4900.  

Please note in the memo line of your check: Holiday Help 2020.  All donations are tax deductible.


Collection Options: 


• Help provide Christmas dinner:  “We would like to purchase Christmas dinner for _____ families at $50 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."

• Adopt a family. Please indicate number of children you wish to support (2 clothing and 2 gift items per child minimum off their wish list.) The resource center anticipates the greatest need for family adoptions this year due to lower numbers in local churches and uncertainty of what COVID-19 may bring this fall/winter.  

• Workplace Drive. "We are interested in having a work place drive" All drives should take place between Nov. 23 and Dec. 11. (Please notify Marolyn ASAP if you'd like to participate):   
____ Infant items
____ Paper Goods/ Cleaning Supplies
____ Hygiene Drive
____ Pajamas in sizes infant through adult
____ Socks/Underwear/Leggings/Sweat Pants drive in sizes toddler through adult
____Gift Card Drive for Teens (the program's most difficult population): $10-$15 gift cards for places teens may enjoy – Cousins, 2849 Main, InkLink Books, Culver’s, Starbucks, Walmart, movie theatres, gas stations, etc. 

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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.

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) or (262) 903-8795, Diane Hamilton with Helping Hands of St. Peters at (262) 642-7225 or Marolyn Komperud, East Troy Family and Community Resource Center at (262) 642-4900.

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