As with many states, Catholic Charities are prominent in Illinois. The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation holds toy drives and so does the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health. Feeding Illinois may be able to help you with your meal.
McLean County, Ilinois Christmas and Thanksgiving Assistance
Holiday Programs 2011
* Please note that the agencies and organizations listed first are those that offer
holiday assistance to families in need.
* The second part lists the agencies and organizations that need volunteers and
The Salvation Army – 829-9476
Families may apply for Christmas assistance during the following days & hours:
Nov 15-17 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nov 18, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Note: SA does not offer Thanksgiving food baskets.
To apply for assistance, families must meet the following DHS income guidelines: Household size of 1 = maximum monthly gross income of $1173; 2 = $1578; 3 = $1984; 4 = $2389; 5 = $2794; 6 = $3077; 7 = $3199; 8 = $4009. For each additional member over 8, add $405. Applications are taken at The Salvation Army, 611 W. Washington, Blm. Applicants should bring photo ID, income verification (state medical card verifies income), address verification (utility invoice, bank statement, medical card, etc. that has been mailed to applicant), and social security cards for each person in the household. Holiday food distribution is by appointment only on Dec 20 and toy distribution, also by appointment only, on Dec 22-23. Please contact Captain DJ James if you have any questions at (309)829-9476 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
WJBC – Brotherhood Tree – 829-1221 Families who would like to receive gifts from the Brotherhood Tree must send a written request with the names of the members of their own households only, their age, and gender to: WJBC, 236 Greenwood Avenue, Bloomington IL 61704. Requests must also include a phone number of someone that can be contacted with questions and a street address (with directions if the home is difficult to find or a rural address. Note that the Brotherhood Tree cannot deliver to P.O. Boxes). Requests will be accepted through Dec 3. Gifts will be delivered on Sat, Dec 18. Someone from the household must be home on this day to accept the gifts. If for some reason no one will be home, a note directing volunteers to leave the gifts with a neighbor or in some discreet location must be posted (this is important because, in the past, gifts have been stolen from porches, etc). For more information, call the number above or look online http://www.wjbc.com/.
Home Sweet Home Ministries, Holiday Meal Hotline – 828-7356 x1241 (your call will be sent to a voice mail--you'll hear a beep--leave your message) Volunteers deliver Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to seniors and individuals with disabilities living within McLean County. The deadline for requesting a Thanksgiving meal is November 18th. HSHM will begin to take requests for Christmas meals on Dec 1. To request a meal, call the number above with the name, address, phone number, and number of meals needed. The cut-off date for Christmas meals is December 16th. HSHM's in-house banquet, served inside the Billy Shelper Center (303 E. Oakland Avenue, Blm) will be held on both holidays at 12:30 pm. A smaller meal will be available between 6:00-7:00 pm. The in-house meals are open to anyone. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.hshministries.org/.
Center for Hope Food Pantry Network and CHAP – 452-8240 The annual Joy of Giving event will be held in December (call for specific information). Pre-registration is required, beginning Nov 16, by calling the Center for Hope at 452-8240. This event offers families the opportunity to share in one of the most wonderful parts of Christmas: Giving. Youth, ages 5-12, who are accompanied by a parent or guardian, can participate in various fun and challenging activities in order to "earn" spending tickets. Afterwards, they can "purchase" gifts for family and friends on their shopping list from the Joy Store. They even wrap their own gifts and make their own cards. Parents and guardians have fun, as well, while waiting on their little ones by creating a craft or two of their own.
Christmas for Kids Party - Registration by mail or e-mail only! (For families in need, unemployed, or underemployed) Children (12 and younger) who are attending the party must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are required. The party will be held on Sat, Dec 11, at 10:00 am in the Bloomington High School Cafeteria, 1202 E. Locust Street. To obtain tickets, please write to PO Box 3396, Bloomington IL 61702-3396 or e-mail email@example.com (no phone calls, please). Include the number of children attending, your address and phone number. The party is sponsored by Great Plains Radio, Blm-Normal Trades & Labor Assembly, and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.
Eastview Christian Church – "Imagine" Holiday Assistance Program: ~PLEASE NOTE~ If leaders of local organizations have questions concerning Eastview's Holiday Assistance, they can contact Lisa Miller-Rich firstname.lastname@example.org. If clients have questions regarding the giveaways, they can contact the church at 451-5000.
Toys, coats and food boxes will be distributed to those in need. Limit of one box of food per family, one coat per family member/maximum 5 coats per household, and one toy per child in the family (ages birth-12 yrs). Items given out on a first come-first served basis, and may run out before all needs are met. Photo IDs will be requested upon check-in.
New this year: Transportation to and from the church will be provided at key pick up spots in Bloomington. Please contact the church at 451-5000 for information on locations and times.
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2011
Start Time: 8:00am
Location: Eastview Christian Church, 1500 N. Airport Road, Normal (Corner of Raab and Airport Road, next to NCHS)
Compassionate Friends - Candlelight Memorial Service The 21st Annual Candlelight Memorial Service will be held on Sun, Dec 12, 7:00 pm, at Holy Trinity Church, 711 N. Main Street, Bloomington. This Memorial is a way to help parents, living with the loss of a child, get through the holidays. Volunteers are needed to help with the Memorial Service. Contact Donna McMillan at 309-724-8414 or Linda Zick at 815-692-2829 to volunteer or for further information.
East Peoria, Illinois Youth Council Christmas Food Baskets For Low Income
Request period Nov. 1-24, 2011
(also available at City Hall, 100 S. Main St., and EastSide Centre, 1 EastSide Drive)
Requests from low-income residents for a holiday food basket are being accepted by the East Peoria Youth Council.
The Youth Council is now in its 29th year of conducting its Christmas Food Basket Program. Approximately 300 baskets were distributed in 2009.
Those eligible for a food basket are low-income families. All recipients must reside in East Peoria or in the boundaries of East Peoria Community High School District 309. Youth Council members check to make sure those requesting baskets are from East Peoria or Creve Coeur, and that they are not receiving a basket from other area groups.
Recipients will be notified by mail about basket distribution, set for Dec. 17. For more information, call Paula Smart at East Peoria City Hall, 427-7615.