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 this holiday season.
“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 eight-year-old initiative. “Due to the ongoing 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 2020, Holiday Help of East Troy served 82 families with a combined 204 children from the East Troy Community School District boundaries.
Here are ways to give this year. (All drives run Nov. 22-Dec. 10 unless otherwise noted.)
1. 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.
2. 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- East Brook, 2541 Main St. Unit A; Dollar General, 2579 Church St.; First Citizens State Bank, 2546 E. Main St. and Frank’s Piggly Wiggly East Troy, 3238 Main St. through Dec. 10.
3. Gift giving trees
Giving trees to purchase gifts for local children will be located at East Troy Brewery, 2905 Main St.; Realty Executives Integrity, 2887 Main St.; St. James United Methodist Church, 2945 Main St.; and St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1981 Beulah Ave., beginning Nov. 22. Wrapped donations are due no later than Dec. 10.
4. Winter Coat Drive
The East Troy Lions is partnering with Alpine Valley Resort, W2501 County Road D, to collect new and gently used coats for adults and children in the Alpine Valley Resort hotel lobby through Dec. 10.
5. Secret Santa for the Manor
State Farm Insurance -Tim Werwie, 2106 Church St. on the square, is seeking East Troy community members/groups to serve as secret Santas by purchasing gifts for residents of East Troy Manor. Tags will be available Nov. 22. Wrapped donations are due no later than Dec. 17.
6. Winter clothing drive
The East Troy Lions Club is collecting hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks and slippers at First Citizens State Bank, 2546 E. Main St. Donations due Dec. 10.
7. Gifts for children & teens
Citizens Bank Piggly Wiggly, 3238 Main St., and East Brook Branch, 2541 E. Main St., Unit A, will be collecting donations of new children through young adult socks, underwear, pajamas and gift cards as well as monetary donations for teens.
8. Covering the necessities
The Hive Taproom, W2463 County Rd ES, will be collecting hygiene items, including soaps, lotions, shaving supplies, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrushes, etc.
Martins Hardware- Rental & Pet, 3288 Main St., will be collecting four packs of toilet paper, single or double rolls of paper towel, cleaning supplies, laundry soap and dish soap. These collections will take place through Dec. 10.
Wanezek Family Dentistry, 2564 Main St, East Troy, will collect any of the items listed above on behalf of the Holiday Help program.