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Smiles Make the Greatest Gifts

Providing physical needs such as grocery, utility and gift assistance,
to emotional experiences including holiday events and traditions.

each year, over 4000 families receive toys and food for the holidays  

The holidays are a time for hope and happiness - and that is what we try to give to families in need during this time. Providing coats to those who are cold, food to those who are hungry and toys to children who would go without. Our hope is to brighten the holidays for thousands in the McLean County Area. 

A Merry Christmas to All

Each year, we have hundreds of families register to receive a Christmas food basket and toys for their children. We hear countless stories of parents who have lost their job, face rising medical bills or who are working multiple jobs, and can't make ends meet. To them, Christmas is often not possible. That is where we come in. By providing Christmas Food Baskets and Toys, we brighten the holidays for those families in need.

How we help brighten the holidays

Use this paragraph to introduce the ways you help within this ministry. Then, index your programs or services below. Here is your opportunity to get hyper-local. You may have specific programs or services that apply to multiple ministries. There is no harm in listing these on all applicable ministry landing pages. Consider your audience, who may be looking for immediate help (and make sure they have a way to initiate it).

Annual Coat Drive 
Open to any resident in McLean County in need of a coat. To receive a coat,  you must bring with you: a photo ID, current identification for those living in the household (such as - medical card, school records, DHS Benefits statement, etc.)  and a current piece of mail. Question? Call Bob Mitchell at (309) 829-9476 ext. 201 
Distribution: Tuesdays & Wednesdays,  October 30 through December 12. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shuts down December 13 to January 7. Resumes January 8 to 16.

If you would like to donate a coat - collection boxes are located at all Bloomington/Normal Commerce Bank & Gold's Gym Locations. You can also drop off at our facility at 611 W Washington St. 


Christmas Assistance (Toys & Food) 
We partner with Toys For Tots and Midwest Food Bank to provide toys and food for families/individuals in need!
You can register to receive Christmas Assistance on Friday, November 30th from 10:00 a.m.  to 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. What to bring for registration:  photo ID, proof of income, current identification for those living in the household (such as - medical card, school records, DHS Benefits statement, etc.)  and current piece of mail. Please note: A state-issued medical card is sufficient for address and income.  A driver's license does not count as a form of address verification.
Call Bob Mitchell at (309) 829-9476 ext. 201 


Other Ways We Meet Need