Christmas toys, meals and gifts are provided to some low income families in DuPage County. The majority of the primary agencies to contact are noted below. They may not only help during the Christmas holiday season, but some charities or town offices will also offer Thanksgiving meals as well.
The goal of most of these organizations is to spread joy throughout the community. A child from a struggling household should not go without a present (whether a toy or clothing) to open Christmas morning. Also, senior citizens as well as the disabled should have some type of free meal as well as companionship as well. These groups of individuals are many of the main beneficiaries of the holiday programs in the region.
Gifts are provided first come and served and are limited. Register at one of the DuPage County agencies as early as possible for assistance, or even ask a local town office for referrals to toy programs, as many of them also provide help.
Society of St. Vincent DePaul
Address is 213 Main St.
West Chicago, Illinois, 60185
This charity is part of the Toys for Tots program of DuPage County. They pass out gifts to those families with children that meet the criteria in place. The toys are new and donated from the public. Examples may be dolls for girls, trucks, games, and new clothing too, including winter coats.
Vouchers for clothing
While not just available during the holidays (it runs year round), and not specifically a Christmas service, the county provides referrals to this for very low income families/people in poverty. Winter attire, hats, boots, gloves, and more may be offered. The applicant needs to be referred through Client Services (630-407-6500). It is run in partnership with charities such as Repeat Boutique and pantries.
Humanitarian Service Project
465 Randy Road
Carol Stream, Illinois 60188
Senior citizens and children from DuPage County can get help from the Christmas Offering. Gifts are given to the needy.
Address is 123 North Rosedale Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1094
For information, call (630) 529-9993
Only residents of the town can apply to the free Christmas Toy program for their child.
Love Christian Clearinghouse
The ministries that are part of this church group offer toys and other aid. There may be transportation, financial aid, referrals to places that serve hot meals, free winter clothing, and other Christmas gifts.
Salvation Army season programs
These centers help the vulnerable and working poor. The assistance is combined with case management. During the fall and winter, donations are used from Adopt-a-Family to provide Christmas or Thanksgiving meals, toys, presents, and more. There is also home delivery for seniors, shelter, referrals, and other support. Find more details on Salvation Army programs in DuPage County.
139 Water Street
Naperville, Illinois 60540
Families need to live in the town.
Sharing Connections Furniture Bank
5111 Chase Avenue
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
Dial (630) 971-0565
Anyone seeking help needs a referral first. Only then may the non-profit offer toys to children of income qualified DuPage County residents.
Address: 4711 Indiana Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532
Telephone number is (630) 968-2087
Holiday help is for town residents.
Special Kids Day
535 Spring Road
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
Christmas parties are held for disabled children as well as those with special needs. Small stocking stuffers, food, and more may be served by the volunteers.
In addition to the resources above, many other local towns in DuPage County coordinate holiday programs too. They try to raise money or goods from the community to provide clothing, toys, winter coats, and more. Those on government benefits can check with their town or social worker.
St. Mary's Gostyn
444 Wilson Street
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
Main phone - 630-969-1063
The church can serve free holidays meals (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas) to the homeless and people living in poverty or with nowhere else to go.
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