Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas will be quickly approaching. Holiday Help of Greater East Troy kicked off their fifth year of operations on Oct. 1.

Perspective families in need of this program will be referred by the school district, food pantry, Helping Hands of St. Peter’s and other venues. Sign up is underway and families in need of assistance must apply no later than Nov. 13 to receive assistance.

Eligible families should reside in the East Troy Community School District, have children ages birth to 18 (high school senior) and be experiencing financial hardship.

Giving trees will be put up in various community locations on Nov. 17.

The East Troy Lions Club Toy Barrels will be out at community businesses collecting new toys for the children starting Nov. 19. Wanezek Family Dentistry will also be collecting new toys, clothes, pajamas, socks/underwear and personal hygiene products.

Holiday Help is a community venture and a way for East Troy to come together to help struggling families to have a blessed holiday season.

To apply for this program, families or individuals may contact the East Troy Food Pantry at 262-642-4357, or stop by 2847 Austin St. from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays or 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Families may also contact East Troy School District Social Worker Kim Pluess at 262-642-6760, ext. 5242; Diane Hamilton with Helping Hands of St. Peter’s at 262-642-7225; or Marolyn Komperud, at the East Troy Family and Community Resource Center, 262-642-4900.

Area daycares and churches also have applications on hand for families.

Businesses or organizations wishing to participate in donation collections (stockings/stocking stuffers, socks/underwear, new books, gift cards, monetary donations) or adopting a family, may contact Komperud for more information by Oct. 31 at the number above or by emailing

Monetary donations can be mailed payable to ETFCRC at any time to: East Troy Family and Community Resource Center, P.O. Box 962, East Troy, WI 53120. Indicate in the memo of thecheck that the donation is for Holiday Help 2018.

Fundraiser planned

The Resource Center will have its annual silent auction fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Lake Beulah Yacht Club, N9220 East Shore Road.

The doors open at 5 p.m. and the appetizer reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

This is the center’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps to raise a significant portion of the $20,000 plus needed annually to continue providing free programming to the East Troy Community and the greater Walworth County area.

The night will feature 80 to 100 silent auction items and raffle.

Toothpicks Catering of East Troy will provide the appetizers. The event will also have a dessert, live entertainment by local singer/songwriter Gary Gerard, and a cash bar.

The grand prize is a rolling cooler/entertainment cart with assorted beverages. Raffle tickets are available for $5 each or three for $10. Players do not need to be present to win. To purchase advance tickets, contact Komperud.

Auction tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tax-deductible donations may also be sent directly to the Resource Center.


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