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northern illinois food bank

273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL | 

DETAILS:  In our 13-county service area, 8.6% of our neighbors may experience food insecurity this year alone— that is 1 in 12 individuals and 1 in 9 children. Your generous gift will make a huge difference right here in our community. Every $30 donated can provide a complete holiday meal for a family of eight, including the traditional foods to make a delicious, festive meal. Help provide Holiday Meal Boxes to our neighbors facing challenges this holiday season.


toys for tots

City Hall Building Division, 109 James Street, Geneva (in the foyer) | Geneva Public Works Department, 1800 South St. (in the vestibule)

DETAILS:  The City of Geneva is looking to put smiles on children's faces during the holidays by participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys For Tots program. The community is invited to drop off new, unwrapped gifts. The last day to donate is Monday, Dec. 12.


TriCity Family Services Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program

1120 Randall Court, Geneva, IL 60134

DETAILS: Our clinical staff offers the Adopt-a-Family program to agency client families who are experiencing a difficult time, and are in financial need of help during the holiday season. Our clients fill out a wish list of gift cards or items including sizes and favorite colors ages and gender of each family member. Gift cards or wrapped gifts can be dropped off at the agency the week of December 5th through December 9th. 


Salvation army tri-cities

St. Charles (Tri-City) Salvation Army, 1710 South 7th Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois | 1-800-SAL-ARMY

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

214 Walnut St, St. Charles, IL |

DETAILS:  Lazarus House helps people in need find the shelter, food and other support services they need to get back on their feet. Join our gift tag program and be matched with a guest to grant their holiday wishes. Write an encouraging Christmas card that can be shared with those that come through our doors in need of help. Volunteer to make a special meal, a few lunches, or a holiday treat to drop off for the guests to enjoy (send an email to for more info on any of the above.) Make a monetary contribution to provide a single day and night of shelter for one of our neighbors in crisis. Host a holiday fundraiser with friends and family and donate the proceeds to Lazarus House to provide for the individuals and families we serve. Share your love and care to let others know they are not alone or forgotten.

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big hearts of fox valley

1207 Foundry Drive, St. Charles, IL |

DETAILS:  Big Hearts of Fox Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to brightening the lives of children whose families are experiencing a financial hardship living within the boundaries of School District 303. We provide programs such as a Christmas Sponsorship, Holiday Toy Drive, Gift Wrapping Party (held this year on December 1, 2021), and Basic needs Throughout the Year. Follow the link for ways to volunteer your time, purchase gifts for a child in need, or make a monetary donation.

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The Giving Tree with Community santa project

The Graceful Ordinary, 3 E Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174

DETAILS: In the spirit of giving, The Graceful Ordinary has partnered up with Community Santa Project, a cooperative of community organizations dedicated to making sure everyone has gifts for the holiday! The restaurant has set up a Giving Tree in their foyer, fully decked out for the season and adorned with gift request tags. TGO invites guests to pick up a gift request tag from the tree, and to return with a present either unwrapped and wrapped, so they can work with CSP to deliver the goods into happy hands of families and veterans in need.

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cal's angels 12 days of christmas

2422 W Main St. Unit 3B St. Charles, IL

DETAILS:  Our annual 12 Days of Christmas Program was created to help families who have a child fighting cancer with special circumstances. It is our goal to help these families focus on making memories with one another and not worry about the stress brought on by the holidays. We will provide a family gift, a gift card for their holiday dinner, and a family game. Help these families create lasting memories during the holiday season by purchasing a gift from our wish list. All gifts will be packaged and sent to a family in this program. Cal’s Angels is a 501(C)(3) non-profit charity. Federal Tax ID 20-8811843. Please save your Amazon receipt for tax purposes. CLICK SHIP-TO ADDRESS Cal’s Angels – 12 Days of Xmas Anna Culver (Gift Registry Address) 771 Murray Street, Elgin, IL 60123.

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batavia interfaith food pantry

100 Flinn St, Batavia, IL 60510 | 630-406-0036

HOURS: FOOD PANTRY open for donations: Tuesday - Friday Mornings, 8:30am - Noon; Wednesday & Thursday Evening, 6:00pm - 8:00pm CLOTHES CLOSET open for donations: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00am - 11:30am

DETAILS:  The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry is a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization founded by local churches. Its purpose is to serve the needs of our community. Those who have lost a job, are underemployed, disabled, homeless or just have a need, may come to the pantry for food and household supplies. Please see linked list for urgent pantry needs. The Clothes Closet is also currently open to donations of FALL/WINTER clothing. Because we have limited volunteer availability at this time, we are trying to spread out the drop off times of these donations. If you have more than 4-5 bags to donate, please call 630-406-0036 to schedule a day. Volunteering time slots are also available!


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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3:11 Project Hope for the holidays

102 E Schoolhouse Rd. Yorkville, IL

DETAILS:  Sign up to sponsor a local child in need for the holidays. Don't want to go to the store or drive to Yorkville? No problem! You can shop online yourself and ship it to our office! Drop off begins November 14 . Drop Off Deadline: December 2, 2022. Here is our PSA: If you cannot fulfill the sponsorship, do not sign up. Please drop off gifts by the deadline. We do not want to chase you down. We do not want to have to tell a parent that their gifts were not received! Please do not make us do that.


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