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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, The Salvation Army of Marathon County helps more than 400 families with gifts for their kids to open on Christmas morning.

Through the generous community we live in, we are able to help support all of these families.

The Salvation Army of Marathon County teams up with Toys for Tots to fulfill the need in our community.

How we help brighten the holidays

Toy Shop

This program was designed to help low-income families and to provide assistance with giving children a Christmas to remember. Families that are requesting assistance need to have placement, custody or guardianship of the children in the home and be a Marathon County resident.

The first step to receiving assistance is intake. Families are asked to come in and sign up to get Christmas assistance. They must bring the following documentation:

  • A form of ID for everyone in the household. This could be a drivers license, social security card, birth certificate, medical ID card or school ID.
  • One month proof of income for everyone that receives income in the household
  • A piece of mail with current name and address, this can be a bill, a lease, junk mail, etc.
  • Proper documentation will be needed if you have permanent or temporary custody, placement or guardianship of a child that is not your own.

Did you miss the intake days?  No worries you are still able to sign up at our 202 Callon St location Monday - Friday From 8:00 am-1:00 pm. Just come in with all documentation and we would be happy to get you one the list.    

Once you have completed the intake you will be given a date and time to come to our toy shop and shop for your children.


Christmas Volunteer Opportunities

Our Christmas assistance program has a variety of volunteer opportunities and way companies can help us proved for the families in need.

Intake Assistant
The Salvation Army needs intake assistants to come and help with registering the families. This will be done on computers provided, the program is easy to use and just need extra hands to help get everyone through and registered in a timely manner. Please go to the link provided to sign up.

Angel Tree
The Angel Tree is set up in the Wausau Center Mall by Santa. At this site, we have a tree with tags. Each tag is labeled boy or girl and has an age bracket and gift ideas. People can select a tag from the tree and help support a child for Christmas.

By volunteering for this position you become an advocate for The Salvation Army by being an Angel. Two hours of your time will change the lives of so many kids. Go to this link to sign up today. Tags are not individualized to a specific child anymore. We now let the parents shop in our toy shop, so they are getting what they see fit for their child. We need volunteers to help promote the program and keep our tree-filled along with the acceptance of the gifts when they come in.

Toy Shop
OurToy Shop has a couple of different opportunities to sign up for. This works well for groups and individuals to be involved in different ways. We do have an age restriction of 16 years and older on these volunteer opportunities. Toy Shop is set up at 103 S 2nd Ave, Wausau, WI 54401. 

Toy Shop Set-Up 
Come help set up the toys in categories and to make the shopping easier for distribution day.

Personal Shopper Assistant 
Come help the families go through our toy shop and choose the gifts for their kids and keep things on track and running smoothly or even keeping areas filled and stocked with toys.

Toy Shop Clean Up
Come help us pack and store the toys that are left for other programs throughout the year.

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Adopt-A Family

The Adopt-A-Family program is designed for businesses, groups, or individuals that would like to sponsor a family from our list with an extra special touch. When you adopt a family you are given information on that family as to needs and wants and you supply them with the gifts and food basket of your choice. You can stay anonymous or you can also deliver to your family as well.

How do you Adopt-A-Family?

Please contact Colleen Hilber at 715-845-4272 ext. 110 or email: Once you have contacted one of us we will send you the proper paperwork to identify the size of the family and the number of families you would like to adopt. Then once we do intakes and have families signed up that are eligible to be adopted, we will send you all the needed information to begin your shopping.


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