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Helping Others this Holiday Season

A list of a few charity events and organizations to warm your heart this holiday season.

Looking for a few ways way to make the holidays more meaningful and warm your heart? Here are a few local charities and events to help you help others in the area. 

Toy Drives

Eat at Culver’s in Port Washington Nov. 20 and ten percent of the sales go to Kids 2 Kids Christmas Toy Drive sponsored in part by Kapco, Inc. in Grafton. Want to do something more? Organize a toy drive for Kids 2 Kids -- contact Kapco for more information -- or make a tax-deductible online donation through Kapco or the Hometown Heroes charity, with funds used to buy large volumes of toys at a wholesale price.

Adopt a family, hold a toy drive or donate senior gifts through the Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County

Troop Support

Bette Langford and Becky Luedcke of Blue Heron Artisan's Gallery and Heron Bay Banquet Hall, are hosting an "Honor Our Military: Operation We Care," drive — collecting anything from food, toiletries, small games, phone cards, and more — with plans to package the items and send them to troops overseas in time for Christmas. Individuals can also drop off cards for the troops or write a letter to send; Langford has supplies to write letters when you drop off your donation.

The collection for troops will wrap up with the Christmas on the Corner event Dec. 1.

General Charity and Disaster Relief

Donate in-person or online to the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive. Or start your own online Red Kettle Campaign.

Food Donations

Besides in-person donations, there are a number of ways to donate to Family Sharing of Ozaukee County, Inc., 1002 Overland Court, Grafton:

  • Donate through the Oscar Grady Library. Patrons are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items and receive up to $5 off their Saukville library fines (per library card). The library's Food For Fines Program will run through Dec. 7.
  • Turn your unwanted jewelry into cash at Family Sharing on Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Irv Bard, an expert metals buyer, will appraise your precious metals and pay for your jewelry. Family Sharing receives a portion of each sale.
  • Donate to the organization’s Resale Shop. Donations of gently used items are accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Or call to schedule a pick-up for larger items.

Saukville Community Food Pantry, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 166 W. Dekora St., Saukville, collects food and other items for those in need. Open the second Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon; the third Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.; and the fourth Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Also, donation barrels for the Saukville Community Food Pantry are located at the Kohler Credit Union, Saukville Village Hall, Saukville Library, Advantage Auto, Dawgs in Motion and Exxon/McDonald’s. 

Items in greatest need are canned soups, peanut butter, canned pasta with sauce, canned beans, dried pasta and jarred pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, jarred baby food, personal hygiene items (i.e. toothpaste, bars of soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.). As always, cash donations are appreciated.

The Food Pantry, Inc. St. Peter's Rectory, 1800 N. Wisconsin St. Port Washington. 262-284-1148 Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Helping Furry Friends

The Ozaukee Campus of the Wisconsin Humane Society has a number of easy ways to support even the furriest of friends. Their holiday fundraising drive, Hope's Lights, celebrates the season with colorful holiday lights. Purchase a light in honor or memory of a special animal or person and send an ecard. They will illuminate the shelter and grounds at the Ozaukee Campus on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with holiday lights in honor and memory of important people and animals in our lives.

Remember: the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes helping others.

Do you have a charity that should be included? Let us know in the comments.

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