Need Christmas help in DuPage County, Illinois? You’re not alone. Each year millions of children do not experience the joys of Christmas the way other children do. They don’t get to have presents under the tree or even eat a Christmas dinner with the family due to the lack of financial resources.
Unfortunately, this harsh reality plaques many families in DuPage county every year. To help spread the cheer this holiday season, we have complied a list of resources that help families in need get the gifts and food that their family deserves for free.
Catholic Charities Holiday Outreach Program Residents of DuPage County can receive gifts and gift certificates during the holidays from the Catholic Charities Holiday Outreach Program. Each family in need completes a Christmas wish list of items they want and donor families will give them money or gift certificate donations to help them get the items on their list.
Bloomingdale Township Sharing Tree The Bloomingdale Township places a Christmas tree decorated with paper Christmas bells at each of their township offices from mid November to mid December. These paper bells are given to children of low-income families to fill out; which are then taken by people and organizations willing to help. These organizations and people buy the items on the bell, wrap them, and place them under the tree in the office.
Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program Families suffering from low-income can sign their children un for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Once signed up, anonymous donors will “adopt” your children and give your family with clothes and toys for Christmas. They also hold annual sit down Christmas dinners that include free food, stocking stuffers, and food pantry items. For more information or to sign up for the Angel Tree Program, you can it on their website.
DuPage County Toys For Tots Toys For Tots sets donation boxes out to gather toys for low-income families in DuPage County. These toys are then distributed to families in need before Christmas. To request toys or learn more about Toys for Tots in Dupage County, visit their website and click request toys.
Catholic Charities Diocese Of Joliet DuPage County community members who suffer from low-income can sign up for the Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet holiday program. Your family’s assigned to sponsor families and people who will give you money, gifts, food, and clothing during the holiday season.
Special Kids Day Each year DuPage County holds a Special Kids Day for low-income families. This event gives special needs children and children with disabilities their own Christmas party where they receive stocking stuffers, food, and free gifts. Visit their website to sign up or learn more about the Special Kids Day event.
Get holiday food in DuPage County!
St. Mary’s Gostyn For those living in poverty or who are homeless in DuPage county, St. Mary’s Gostyn would like to give you a free holiday meal. These meals are available during Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. To get your free holiday meal, please call (630) 969-1063.