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Free Christmas and holiday programs in Milwaukee area.

Free assistance is available at Christmas and Thanksgiving for low income families in the Milwaukee Wisconsin area, including Waukesha County. Find how to get help from programs that provide free Christmas toys or Trees, meals, Turkey dinners, and gifts. Food drives are also held during the holidays, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. All of these goods are then provided for free by charity organizations. Milwaukee County and City families can apply to Toys for Tots, Angel Tree and other resources that can help the less fortunate in the county, including children, seniors, and struggling single parents with kids.

The programs run on a first come and served basis to those individuals that meet income guidelines. While the goal is to always provide at least one Christmas present to all needy children in the Milwaukee region, unfortunately this is not always possible due to resources. But charities may offer referrals to other gift giving programs too.

Not only will these holiday assistance programs help struggling families with basic needs, but some of the agencies also provide other support. There may be an increase in the amount of financial aid paid out during the Christmas period, shelters open, winter clothing passed out, and more. Senior citizens may have a home delivered, Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. So much more is offered too.

South Milwaukee Human Concerns
Address is 1029 Milwaukee Ave.
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
(414) 764-5340
Programs are only for residents of the 53172 zip code. Clothing, including at Christmas, winter coats, small toys for children, and other items may be passed out both year round and at the holidays.

Capuchin Community Services
They hold a Christmas Toy drive. Children under the age of 10 can be provided a present. Everything from free gifts such as games, dolls, small electronics, and much more are needed by the charity.
St. Ben's Community Meal is a collection point. The address is 1015 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53233. Main phone number is 414.271.0135. Or try the partner House of Peace, 1702 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205. Dial 414.933.1300.




All Saints Catholic Church
Mailing address is 4051 N 25th St
Milwaukee, WI 53209
(414) 444-5610
Mostly hot meals are served at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Clients range from the homeless to working poor and anyone seeking companionship in Milwaukee County.

Toys for Tots of Milwaukee/Waukesha
The Marine Corps partners with non-profits, corporations and charities in the area. Thousands of children from working poor households are normally given a free Christmas gift each year, but this depends on what is donated. Get games, books, free toys such as Legos, educational or video games, clothes, dolls for girls and more. Residents that to register can do so online. Application sites include the following. In Milwaukee as well as Waukesha County, the main Toys for Tots sites are below.

Saint Benedict's Community
Address: 924 W State St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
Phone - (414) 271-0135

Milwaukee Catholic Charities
Various churches help the poor, elderly, singe moms and others in the region. The charity has free food pantries and soup kitchens, for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Parents can also shop for items for their kids, including Christmas toys, computers, sneakers, winter attire, electronics and so much more. A focus in of ensuring children as well as the elderly in Waukesha and Milwaukee County have both (1) financial help and (2) holiday assistance. More om Catholic Charities assistance in Milwaukee County.





Saint Vincent De Paul Society
There are a few sites of this charity. Food boxes are provided. Based on donation levels, other holiday assistance ranges from clothes to winter boots, small gifts, and more. The charity can also refer clients to financial aid and social services.

  • 2628 N Martin Luther King Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212, dial (414) 374-4095
  • Another SVDP site is at 931 W Madison St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204. Telephone (414) 649-9555.

Salvation Army Centers
Various social services and basic needs are provided. Help at Christmas is available from Adopt a Family, and the charity also has hot meals. There may be free toys, school supplies, and even emergency financial aid for certain living expenses. There are also free Thanksgiving dinners and turkeys in Milwaukee County.

In addition, the Kids 2 Kids Christmas Toy Drive partners with the Salvation Army. Toys are collected for children in Southeastern Wisconsin. There are also small holiday events held. The Salvation Army will pass the items out to clients.

  • 11315 W. Watertown Plank Rd. Main phone (414) 302-4300.
  • Western part of the county is (414) 342-9191.
  • Southern Milwaukee - (414) 213-3444.
  • General referral line - (414) 265-6360.

Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County
(262) 896-3390
A Giving Tree program. Residents can sponsor a child in need.

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
5460 N 64th Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53218
(414) 463-7950
Donations come from corporations, businesses, and individuals. There is a  December Wrap Party in which Christmas gifts may be passed out. Resources for clients include clothing, books, occasional gently used computers, and more.

United Way referral services and the Toy shop -  Milwaukee residents can learn about The Christmas Giving program and other resources from charities, churches, and more. There may be Thanksgiving meals or holiday toys. The agencies use donations from the community and parishioners at churches. Low income families with children are provided gifts, clothing, and presents, or given referrals by calling 211. Meals are also served during Thanksgiving by the Milwaukee County churches too.





When it comes to the Toy Shop, referrals are needed for this free Christmas toy program. Families can call upon local community churches, social service agencies, Catholic Charities, school teachers or social workers as well as Salvation Army program staff. There are toys, games, gifts, and more for all parts of the county except 53110, 53129, 53130, 53132, 53108, 53154, 53172, 53228, 53207, 53220, 53221, and 53235.  Residents in these counties can also seek free items for a family.

Residents living in poverty as well as senior citizens may be provided gifts and presents. There may be dress clothes, gifts cards to pay for groceries, gasoline vouchers, toys, and meals for people of all ages. There is also a Christmas party held for children. Call 211.


By Jon McNamara

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