Dane County holiday and Christmas assistance.

Community organizations in Dane County operate assistance programs at both Christmas and other key holidays. The goal is to provide free gifts to those families who would otherwise not be able to give a present to their child. The holiday programs also help senior citizens and provide meals to the entire family.

The Dane County charities work with volunteers and local businesses. They collect donated toys, clothing, and more from various sites. Or they may purchase items, such as gift certificates for use at local stores. Items are collected from many sources in the county.

Then the volunteers from across Dane County wrap the Christmas items and distribute them, for free, to needy children and families. The volunteers may also deliver a meal or small present to the homebound or a senior that is living in care.

Home Instead Senior Care
Address is 1574 Broadway Suite 101
Madison, WI 53713
Main phone: (608) 663-2646
The program is known as Be a Santa to a Senior. This will focus on spreading holiday joy to the elderly. Toys, presents, food baskets and more are delivered to older clients.

Madison Metropolitan School District
Address is 2421 E Johnson St
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
(608) 204-2063
Christmas help is only for homeless families/children. Referrals are needed from a teach or social worker as well. If qualified, the child will be enrolled into the Santa's without Chimney's service.

McFarland Community Food Pantry
5307 Hough St
Mc Farland, Wisconsin 53558
For information, call (608) 658-0927
Clients need to be registered with the  McFarland Food Pantry. If they are, then free holiday gifts may be provided for those in the School District.




Dane County Toys for Tots
New, unwrapped toys are given to kids, whether boys or girls. There may be games, shoes, electronics, dolls and other goods. Enroll online, and the distribution will take place at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Wisconsin during the month of December.

Middleton Outreach Ministry
3502 Parmenter Street
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 836-7338
Christmas assistance is only for existing clients. They can enroll into the Adopt a Family program. This covers the entire low income household, and they are given meals, toys, gifts, winter clothes, and more. Donors even wrap the presents to be open Christmas morning. Other resources include financial aid for bills and case management.

Salvation Army holiday programs
Address is 630 East Washington Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin
Dial (608) 256-2321
The Family Service center operates the Angel Tree gift giving program. They also serve both Thanksgiving and holiday meals to families living in poverty.

Milton Community Action
Address is 36 Hilltop Dr
Milton, WI 53563
Telephone - (608) 868-1166

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection
Location is 208 South Century Avenue
Waunakee, Wisconsin 53597
(608) 849-5740
A store is open in Dane County. Residents shop for low cost Christmas gifts, such as book and electronics.



By Jon McNamara

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