giving opportunities

Salvation army tri-cities

214 Walnut St, St. Charles, IL |

DETAILS:  The Salvation Army brightens the Holidays for those in need. Volunteer your time ringing the bell at the Red Kettles, participate in the Angel Tree Program, or donate for coat drives or towards holiday meals for families.

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lazarus house reimagines the holidays

214 Walnut St, St. Charles, IL |

DETAILS:  Due to COVID restrictions, we are NOT hosting volunteers or community events this year, but will serve guests-only. If you can bless our home by providing for any of the festivities below or know anyone who needs a holiday “meal-to-go” this season, we welcome you to contact Tasha Curry


CHRISTMAS BRUNCH… Cook and deliver joy for guests to share on Christmas Day! We’ll need half a dozen 13x9 pans breakfast casseroles, veggie casseroles/salads, desserts, gallons of juice/soda and 3-24 packs of bottled water. Along with 120 dinner plates, pre-packaged forks-spoons-knives and cups. Please deliver food hot-ready to serve in disposable pans or supplies, between 11:15-11:45am on Friday December 25th, 2020.


GIFT TAG PROGRAM … Help our guests feel celebrated on Christmas morning! You will be assigned a tag identifying 3 gifts that a guest “needs, wants and reads”. We request donors limit spending to $75 or less, per tag. You may choose more than one tag. Request a tag by November 20th. Gifts must be 1) wrapped 2) bagged as a trio 3) include the original tag AND 4) marked “Tasha”, to be delivered by December 18th.

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big hearts of fox valley

1207 Foundry Drive, St. Charles, IL |

DETAILS:  You can make a huge difference by making a donation that will help to support local children affected by financial hardship. All proceeds benefit children in need within our D303 community who may be experiencing a financial difficulty that impact the parents’ ability to provide gifts during the holidays AND basic needs throughout the year.

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The Giving Tree at St. Charles Park District

Drop off at Pottawatomie Community Center or Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

DATES: November 2 - December 4, 2020

DETAILS:  In the spirit of the holiday season, park district preschool students will make special decorations that will adorn the festive trees in the lobby of Pottawatomie Community Center and Hickory Knolls Discovery Center. Pick your favorite ornament to discover what type of gift to purchase, or drop off any new toy of your choice. Please do not wrap gifts.

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hope for the holidays virtual giving tree

Mercy Housing | 1259 E Wilson St, Batavia, IL

DATES: Deadline: December 7, 2020

DETAILS: Sign up to sponsor a local child or senior from Mercy Housing in need for the Holidays


batavia interfaith food pantry

100 Flinn St, Batavia, IL 60510

HOURS: FOOD PANTRY Tuesday - Friday Mornings 8:30am - Noon | Wednesday, Thursday Evening 6:00pm - 8:00pm

CLOTHES CLOSET Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00am - 11:30am

DETAILS:  We are currently accepting fall and winter clothing donations (please, nothing stained or torn - those items can go to the textile recycling on Fabyan Parkway). To prevent our volunteers from being overwhelmed with donations, we ask that you sign up for a time to drop off your items. Thank you for your continued support and generosity!


anderson animal shelter

1000 S La Fox St, South Elgin, IL

DETAILS:  Help a furry friend this holiday season. Make a monetary donation or purchase much needed items from our wish list to help defray the costs of caring for our many homeless animals in need of food, bedding and other supplies.

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hope for the holidays toy drive

316 Douglas Ave in Elgin, IL

DATES: Collections will be accepted on Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm from November 16th  through December 12th.

DETAILS:  Elgin's Hope for the Holidays is a collaborative holiday toy distribution for families in need in the greater Elgin, IL area, lead by the Salvation Army Elgin Corps and the Gretchen S Vapnar Community Crisis Center


hope for the holidays virtual giving tree

102 E Schoolhouse Rd. Yorkville, IL

DATES: Deadline: December 7, 2020

DETAILS:  Sponsor a local child in need for the Holidays!


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