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Free holiday and Christmas assistance programs Waukesha or Racine County.

Find where free Christmas gifts or toys as well as holiday meals are provided to low income families in Racine and Waukesha County Wisconsin. There may be games, toys, clothes and more from Adopt a Family as well as Toys for Tots (among other programs). The goal of the charities, including Adopt a Family,  as well as churches is to help every deserving child so they can experience some form of holiday joy. Locate where to get free holiday, Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance in Waukesha, Racine and the area below.

Children from low-income households are a focus. 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 or single moms with children. This may be everything from educational supplies to clothing, dolls for girls, bikes, Legos, video games, or trucks for a little boy.

Free food and meals are provided as well. Thanksgiving dinners and meals are offered too. This means that households in the Waukesha County and nearby regions, including Racine, have different resources available to them, based on their need. It is always key to apply for Christmas or Thanksgiving help early, as the items go quickly.

Christmas Clearing Council Of Waukesha County
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53187. Call (262.771.0909 or email
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, 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. There may be matchbox cars, Barbie dolls, sporting goods, Legos, winter jackets and other goods.




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, gift card, Legos, trucks, or more may be provided. Their main address is 1901 Washington Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin. Telephone – 262-632-3147. or find more details

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. Call (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.

Salvation Army Holiday Programs
The Salvation Army helps the poor, struggling, homeless, single mothers and others. They offers many assistance programs year round, including free Thanksgiving turkey dinners (with all the toppings) as well as Christmas help. There may be free toys, games, books, legos, and other items for families with children in the Racine and Waukesha County Wisconsin region. Or get free holiday food boxes and other items. More on Salvation Army inWaukesha, or residents can try the Racine County Salvation Army.

Santa in a Shoebox
The agency collects donations from the community, including toys, gift cards, Xmas gifts or toys, food and more. They then provide that stuff to the working poor, homeless and less fortunate in Racine and Kenosha County as well as nearby areas. Those charities then give away the items to clients. Call 211 for referrals to an application site.





Catholic Charities
Address is 717 NE Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186. Dial (262) 547-2463
Several churches help the poor, unemployed, elderly and others. Free food baskets, Christmas toys or gifts, financial help and more. There is also warm winter clothes, free holiday groceries or stocking stuffers and other help.

Free 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. Call (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.


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