Give Back

Perhaps more than any other time of year, during the holidays we turn our attention to others less fortunate and look for ways to give back. In the listings on this page, you’ll find ways to help in your community, whether it be a donation of money or time. There are also links that you can bookmark, should you feel like volunteering year round.

  • Salvation Army Angel Tree

    What
    The Angel Tree is set up for children from low income families to receive Christmas gifts that they otherwise would not receive.
    Where
    Wausau Center Mall
    How to help
    Fulfill a wish list from the Angel Tree.
    Who it benefits
    The Angel Tree, located in the Wausau Center Mall, holds tags with the child’s age and the gift(s) they have requested. Sponsors of this program choose a tag off the tree and purchase the gift(s) for the child. Because the gifts are then given to the parents, this is a completely anonymous program.
    Contact
    If you have any questions about this program, please call (715) 845-4272.
  • Salvation Army Shelter Booth

    What
    The Shelter Booth works along side The Angel Tree Booth at the Wausau Center Mall. The Shelter Booth is set up to assist with keeping The Salvation Army’s Homeless Shelter open and running.
    Where
    Wausau Center Mall
    How to help
    The Shelter Booth consists of small tags which a sponsor takes. The sponsor can choose as many nights as they would like, at $20.00 a night, to ensure that a homeless person has a place to stay and food to eat. The sponsor can also have the donation put in someone elses name.
    Who it benefits
    The $20.00 donation will give a homeless person one night’s stay, a shower, laundry services, educational training, three meals, and more.
    Contact
    Brittany—brittany_boyer@usc.salvationarmy.org, (715) 845-4272
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing

    What
    Ring bells at Red Kettle locations through December 24th.
    Where
    Throughout Central Wisconsin
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    The Salvation Army helps community members meet basic human needs of food shelter, clothing and spiritual guidance.
    Contact
    Sign up online
  • North Central Health Care—Mount View Christmas Shopping

    What
    Volunteers to assist residents of Mount View with Christmas shopping at Wal-mart on December 5th.
    Where
    Mount View Care Center—Wausau
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    Residents unable to do Christmas shopping.
    Contact
    Mary Ventzke at North Central Health Care—(715) 848-4450
  • Bundles of Joy Gift Wrapping

    What
    Wrap gifts at Wausau Center Mall from November 29th to December 24th During mall business hours.
    Where
    Wausau Center Mall
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    Bundles of Joy, a United Way project, distributes diapers and formula through area organizations serving struggling families in Marathon County. The public face of the project is the gift wrap center in the Wausau Center Mall whose donations fund the project.
    Contact
    Sign up online
  • Holiday Gift Box/Food Bag Assembly & Delivery

    What
    Assist with the assembly and delivery of food bags and gift boxes to the homebound on Saturday, December 7th from 9am–Noon.
    Where
    Immanuel Lutheran Church, 630 Adams Street, Wausau
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    Homebound individuals
    Contact
    Faith in Action—(715) 848-8783 or Colleen Motley—fiadirector@faithinactionmc.org
  • Christmas Hope for Kids

    What
    Christmas Hope for Kids is an all volunteer run, gift-giving program that assists children who would otherwise go without a gift on Christmas Day.
    Where
    Hope’s Door, 1430 2nd Street North, Wisconsin Rapids
    How to help
    Donations accepted through December 4th. Volunteers are needed to help sort gifts and get them ready for distribution to families in need. Volunteers are needed from Dec. 9–13 and from Dec. 16–21.
    Who it benefits
    Hope’s Door helps people and families in need in the South Wood County community.
    Contact
    http://www.hopesdoor.info
  • Adams County Angel Tree

    What
    The Angel Tree program’s goal is to provide children from newborn to 12 years of age with gifts this Christmas season.
    Where
    Pick up a paper angel at participating locations: Adams County Courthouse, Curves, Grand Marsh State Bank (Grand Marsh and Friendship), BMO Harris Bank, Nekoosa Port Edwards State Bank and Royal Bank.
    How to help
    Each angel represents a child and includes gender, age and gift request. Deliver wrapped gifts back to the location by December 9, 2013. Gifts will be delivered on Dec. 13th.
    Who it benefits
    Children of families in need in Adams County
    Contact
    Cash donations can also be sent to: Angel Tree Kids, PO Box 561, Friendship, WI 53934.
  • Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department Christmas Toy and Gift Drive

    What
    Donate new and gently used unwrapped toys or monetary donations. Gifts will be distributed by social workers and school counselors at the Wisconsin Rapids School District. Monetary donations are used to purchase gift certificates for older children. Donations of clothing also accepted.
    Where
    Drop off donations to either fire department location Monday through Friday 8am–5pm by December 18. Monetary donations can be dropped off at Fire Station One or mailed to: Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department, Attn: Mike Lisitza, 1511 12th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494.
    How to help
    Donations are needed.
    Who it benefits
    Children from families in need in Wisconsin Rapids
    Contact
    (715) 421-6277
  • Star of Love Tree/Rapids Mall

    What
    Star of Love Tree is displayed at Rapids Mall until December 4th.
    Where
    Select a Christmas card with a child’s age, gender and interests. Drop off wrapped gift and Christmas card at the Senior Craft Shoppe in the Rapids Mall by December 4th.
    How to help
    Donations are needed.
    Who it benefits
    Children from families in need
    Contact
    http://www.hopesdoor.info
  • Wood County Human Services—Christmas Cheer Club

    What
    Individuals and organizations needed to buy Christmas gifts for local needy children.
    Where
    Wood County Human Services Dept.
    How to help
    $30 max. per child, please. Gifts must be ready for distribution the week of Dec. 16th. Cash donations and gift certificates for teenagers are also appreciated. Please make checks payable to Wood County Human Services Dept., and mail them to: Wood County Human Services Dept., Attention Jodie K., PO Box 8095, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8095.
    Who it benefits
    Children from families in need in Wood County
    Contact
    Jodie Knuteson—(715) 421-8662