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DuPage County free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Free Christmas toys, meals and gifts are provided to low to moderate income families in DuPage County. The majority of the primary agencies to contact are noted below, including Toys for Tots, Salvation Army Angel Tree and others. They may not only help during the Christmas holiday season, but some charities or town offices will also offer free Thanksgiving Turkey 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. Parents in Dupage County can get free educational or video games for their kids, electronics, books, and even gift cards to shop for Christmas gifts. 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
630-562-4801
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
(630) 221-8340
Senior citizens and children from DuPage County can get help from the Christmas Offering. Gifts are given to the needy.

Free Dupage County Toys for Tots program
Many charities, businesses, and churches participate. Based on donation levels, they provide free Christmas gifts to children under the age of 17. Get clothes, books, legos, video games, boots, toy trucks or dolls, and so much more. The Christmas presents will be new. Apply here. https://dupage-il.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3

Bloomingdale Township
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
(630) 512-8665
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.

Regional Catholic Charities
They support Dupage as well as other counties. The main program is known as Holiday Outreach. Get free Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, food and meal baskets, and more. Volunteers also visit the homebound or elderly in nursing home during the holidays. More on Dupage County Catholic Charities.

 

 

 

 

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 are also free Christmas gifts and toys from Angel Tree. There is also home delivery for seniors, shelter, referrals, and other support. Find more details on Salvation Army programs in DuPage County.

Naperville Township
139 Water Street
Naperville, Illinois 60540
(630) 355-2786
Families need to live in the town.

Interfaith Outreach Center
345 S. President
Carol Stream, Illinois 60188
630-665-6426
Free holiday food baskets. Turkeys, meat, bread, desserts, and more. Some delivery services of hot meals may be offered.

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.

Lisle Township
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.

Township Trustees
In addition to the resources above, many other local towns in DuPage County coordinate holiday programs too for their residents. They try to raise money or goods from the community to provide clothing, toys, gift cards, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, 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.

By Jon McNamara

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