Holiday Giving Calendar
Send info to Lynn Greene, lgreene@communityshoppers. com. Include name of drive, collection sites, items needed and dates to donate.
-- Whitewater Cares collection for charity, Nov. 30 through Dec. 7: Businesses in Whitewater will be collecting items for area organizations. The SweetSpot Cafe, 226 W. Whitewater St. is collecting hats, mittens and scarves and Studio 84, 121 W. Center St. is collecting new art materials for the Walworth County Holiday Care Program. GMA Printing, 136 W. Main St., Binning & Dickens Insurance, 329 W. Center St. and the Robin’s Nest, 165 W. Main St. are collecting nonperishable food items for the Whitewater Food Pantry. Dale’s Booter, 155 W. Main St., is coollecting new and gently worn footwear for Soles4Souls. Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast, 328 W. Main St., is collecting new and gently used kitchen items (pots, pans, utensils, bake ware) for the Bethel House which provides assistance to homeless families with children.
-- Santa Paws: Pet Food for Fines, Dec. 1 to 30: Help the homeless animals at Lakeland Animal Shelter and reduce your overdue fines at the Aram Public Library. During the month of December, the library, 404 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan, will collect pet food (both canned and dry) and clay cat litter for the animal shelter. In exchange for your donation, the library will reduce your overdue fines. This program does not apply to fees for lost or damaged items.
-- Toys 4 Tots, through Dec. 2: Bring new unwrapped toys and receive 20 percent off purchase, Posh Threads, Consignment, 148 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. (262) 275-2707.
-- Toy Drive collection through Dec. 7: Drop off new, unopened toys at the Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce Office, 203 E. Walworth St., Elkhorn for the Walworth County Holiday Care Program. (262) 723-5788
-- Tom Peck Ford conducts Angel Tree program, Tom Peck Ford, 807 Church St. in Clinton, is conducting an Angel Tree program through Tuesday Dec. 11. Residents can choose an angel off of a Christmas tree and purchase a gift for a child in need or a nonperishable food item. The gifts will be placed in the Salvation Army’s toy shop where parents can choose gifts for their children. Gifts should be returned to Tom Peck Ford or the Salvation Army, 628 Broad St. in Beloit, by Monday Dec. 10. All gifts should be left unwrapped.
--The Walworth County Sunday News food and toy drive now is collecting donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 14. In past years, donations have gone to local groups such as the Twin Oaks Homeless Shelter in Darien. Donations can be dropped off weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CSI Media office of Walworth County Sunday located at 120 Wright St., Delavan. For more information call (262) 728-3424.
-- The Collegiate DECA club is holding a food drive, toy drive and winter clothing drive through Dec. 17: People may bring their nonperishable food along with new toys and gently used winter wear such as jackets, boots, hats, gloves and scarves for all ages to Gateway Technical College, 400 County Road H, Elkhorn. There will be bins inside each building.
-- Operation Feed the Need 2012, through Dec. 20: The Fontana Police Department is collecting nonperishible food and cash. A receipt will be made for cash if requested. Drop off donations at the department, 185 Douglas Ave., Fontana or call (262) 275-2275 and an officer will pick up your donation. Food pantries need donations of nonexpired flour, pancake mix, canned fruit and vegetables, spaghetti and sauce, jelly and peanut butter, soup, sugar, syrup, cooking oil, tuna helper, hamburger helper, muffin mix and jello/pudding mix.
-- Burlington Cares food drive through Dec. 31: Bring your nonperishable food items or monetary donations to the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, City or Town of Burlington Administration office or Love Inc., Help keep the Love Inc. food pantry shelves stocked. To volunteer or for more information, call the chamber, (262) 763-6044.
-- Donate new hats, scarves and gloves and nonperishible food items through Dec. 31: Support the Delavan community by donating cold-weather accessories for local school children and food for the Delavan Food Pantry. Drop off at Community Bank, 820 E. Geneva St., Delavan. (262) 728-2265
-- Operation Burlington Cares food drive, through Dec. 31: Burlington wants to make sure their neighbors have food on their table. Help stock the shelves at Love Inc. by dropping off your donations at the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, city or town of Burlington administration office or at Love Inc. (262) 763-6044.
-- Lake Geneva Public Library Giving Tree mittens, hats and scarves collection, through Jan. 3: The Lake Geneva Public Library Board of Trustees invites the community to provide warmth and comfort to needy individuals in Lake Geneva by donating winter accessories. New or hand-knit donations of all sizes for men, women, and children of all ages are appreciated through Friday, January 3. The items will be distributed to local charities. Receipts for tax purposes are available on request. (262) 249-5299.
-- Fill the food pantry shelves collection, through Jan. 3: The Animal Medical Center of Whitewater, 12524 E. County Highway N, Whitewater is a drop off location for donations of nonperishable food items for people and pets. Items will help stock the shelves of the Whitewater Food Pantry. Drop off your donation and receive a 10 percent on purchases or services for the day. (262) 473-5800
-- The Big Bundle Up collection runs through Jan. 4: The Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce is collecting new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s collection program. A collection box will be located at the chamber office, 175 Valley View Drive, Fontana, for warm clothing items, which will be given to local charities in the Geneva Lake West area. For more information, contact Executive Director Kristina Staude at 262-275-5102.
-- Walworth-Fontana Rotary Club collecting donations for Food Basket Distribution project: This year the club is in need of a $50 sponsorship for each basket. Make checks payable to Walworth-Fontana Rotary Foundation Inc., PO Box 368, Walworth WI 53184. For more information, contact chairperson Pamela Knorr at (262) 275-6896, ext. 204 or via email, email@example.com
-- Holiday Care program collection of new toys and clothing for children and money to purchase gift certificates for food, ongoing: Last year, this program served 637 families with 1,105 children. Drop off donations to Department of Health and Human Services Center, attention Holiday Care, W4051 County Highway NN, Elkhorn. Mail donations to Walworth County Holiday Care, Dept of Health and Human Services, PO Box 1005, Elkhorn, WI 53121. (262) 741-3246
-- Support our troops, ongoing: The Support Our Troops Committee/ American Legion is looking for donations of baseball/softball gloves and balls to be sent to troops with ties to Walworth County who are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Items can be deposited in drop boxes in front of Legion posts in East Troy, Delavan and Lake Geneva. (262) 203-2129 or (262) 248-8400.
-- People and pet food collection ongoing: Drop off your nonperishable people and pet food for the Elkhorn Food Pantry to help feed area families and the pets they love. Drop items off at the Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic, 205 E. O’Connor Drive, Elkhorn. (262) 723-2644.