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Waukesha and Racine County free holiday programs.

Holiday meals as well as free Christmas gifts are provided to low income families in Racine and Waukesha County Wisconsin. The goal of the charity is to help every deserving child so they can experience some form of holiday joy, and the charities also assist senior citizens as well as the disabled in the community as resources allow.

Some of the organizations below only offer meal or holiday food baskets. Others will provide toys to qualified low income families with children. This may be everything from educational supplies to clothing, dolls for girls, bikes, or trucks for a little boy. This means that households in the Waukesha County and nearby regions have different resources available to them, based on their need. It is always key to apply for help early, as the items go quickly.

Christmas Clearing Council Of Waukesha County
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53187
(262) 896-3390
A menu of services are offered as part of the Christmas Giving Program. There are gift certificates to low income families or single moms, a low cost Toy Shop, and Adopt a Family. Applicants need a referral from Social Services, Catholic Charities, or Human Services.

Toys for Tots
This Christmas gift program is available from several charities and non-profits. Children and infants from low income households may receive a new toy to open Christmas morning. Donations of clothing, games, bikes, shoes, and other items are provided to the less fortunate.

  • Residents of Kenosha should call the Salvation Army. The address is 3116 75th Street, Kenosha, WI. The primary phone number is 262-564-0286.
  • Waukesha County Tots for Tots is available from (262)547-7367.





Racine County Toys for Tots
In the city/county of Racine, the Salvation Army also runs the holiday program. Parents can select items for their child. Whether it is a game, winter coat, or gift card, goods may be provided. Their main address is 1901 Washington Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin. Telephone – 262-632-3147.

Tex Reynolds
Location is 800 Center St, City Hall Annex
Racine, Wisconsin 53403
Dial (262) 633-1379
The goal is to ensure children in Racine County have toys. There is assistance for families living in poverty as well as the working poor. Availability of gifts as part of this Toys for Tots service depends on donations on registration.

Love, Inc Community Center
Address is 480 S Pine St.
Burlington, Wisconsin 53105
(262) 763-6226
Adopt a Family is run by this charity and its partner network of churches. Businesses, individuals, non-profits, and other groups provide assistance to needy families as well as the elderly.

Saint Vincent de Paul and its volunteers and member churches also help the less fortunate. They do this through a food pantry (for holiday groceries), Christmas toys, games, winter clothes, and more. They may also deliver Thanksgiving or Christmas food to the elderly, sick, and people in a nursing home. More on Saint Vincent assistance programs Waukesha County.





Holiday meal sites

The charities below mostly offer food at Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. This ranges from a basket of groceries to a hot meal being served directly to clients. They will also try to deliver free food to the homebound during the holidays, but the service area will be limited. While not as common, some of the locations may provide very small gifts to kids or free stocking stuffers, but this would be more limited.

  • Olive Lutheran Church is at 211 Main Street, Mukwonago, Wisconsin 53149, (262) 363-8251
  • Racine County Food Bank partners with charities to pass out items for holiday meals. Address is 2000 De Koren. Call 262-632-2307.
  • Non-Profit Waukesha County Pantry - 1301 Sentry Drive, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188. Main phone (262) 542-5300.

By Jon McNamara

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