giving opportunities

Toys for tots toy drive

State Street Collision, 802 E. State St., Geneva, IL |

DETAILS:  Help us brighten Christmas for kids and help our local restaurants as well! Now through December 7th, bring in a new, unwrapped toy, and grab a gift card to a local restaurant! No stuffed animals please. For more information, contact 630-232-0636 or


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.


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.

st. charles

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.

st. charles

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.

st. charles

The Giving Tree at St. Charles Park District

Drop off at Pottawatomie Community Center or Hickory Knolls Discovery Center | 630-513-6200

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 to donate to the Jim Wheeler Toys for Kids Program. Please do not wrap gifts. Donations can be dropped off at PCC, HKDC, PGC, and NRC. Questions? Contact Lara Piner at 630-513-6200

st. charles

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.

st. charles

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.

south elgin

hope for the holidays toy drive

316 Douglas Ave in Elgin, IL

DATES: Collections can be made Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Collection will begin on November 22, 2021, and continue through December 10, 2021

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


3:11 Project Hope for the holidays

102 E Schoolhouse Rd. Yorkville, IL

DATES: Deadline: December 1, 2021

DETAILS:  Sign up to sponsor a local child in need for the Holidays. Before you read on, are you ready to shop ASAP? Here is our PSA: There is a serious toy shortage this year and we really, really, REALLY need people to shop early so we can ensure wish lists are fulfilled! Follow link for information on how to sponsor a child or a family. Please only NEW items for Christmas. Please do not wrap the gifts. If you would like to provide tape and wrapping paper, that is always appreciated. Then drop it off to us in Yorkville or ship directly there by December 1, 2021.


Pile of Pumpkins

We do the legwork so you can spend less time SEARCHING and more time DOING.

A LOCAL'S GUIDE to St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia, Illinois

SPL_stacked_Tricities_logo_no background
  • Black RSS Icon
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon
  • Black Pinterest Icon