The holiday season is fast approaching and the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a reminder it is seeking donations of new toys and new clothing for children, gift cards to local retail stores for teenagers and money to purchase food gift certificates for families.

The Holiday Care program provides assistance to families, seniors and disabled individuals in Walworth County who might go without a holiday meal or a few gifts.

Again this year, toy collection boxes are at all Walworth County buildings in addition to other local businesses throughout the area. Donations can also be dropped off at Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services at W4051 County Rd. NN in Elkhorn.

The Holiday Care program is funded solely by donations from individuals, church groups and other organizations and fundraisers held by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department and Walworth County Health and Human Services. Community partners are integral in helping provide assistance to a growing number of Walworth County residents in need.

Donations go directly to the program and no donations are used for administrative expenses. The department’s annual Holiday Care program has served more than 7,500 families since 2004.

Anyone interested in making a donation should make checks payable to Walworth County Holiday Care and send them to the attention of the Holiday Care program at Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services, P.O. Box 1005, Elkhorn, WI 53121. All donations can be delivered to the Health and Human Services Center, attention Holiday Care at W4051 County Road NN, Elkhorn just west of Aurora Lakeland Medical Center. Donations are tax-deductible, and receipt forms are available at the Health and Human Services Center.

Individuals or groups who wish to donate to the 2017 Holiday Care program or who need information about how to “adopt a family” for the holiday season should contact Patricia Crement at 262-741-3746 or


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