The Kenosha Christmas Charities, Inc. (The Goodfellows) is committed to serving families with children in need in the Kenosha County area by purchasing toys, food and winter outer garments for distribution through a consortium of social agencies in Kenosha County (also called: Holiday House). The goal is to reach every needy child in Kenosha County each winter.
Overall the Goodfellows serve about 3,000 children each year. Our team purchases coats, mittens, gloves, hats and scarves at discounted prices throughout the year and receive donations from various agencies that hold collections that helps add to our inventory. The used garments are cleaned by Martino’s Master Dry Cleaning, at no cost, to ensure the outer garments are in mint condition when ready for distribution in late October. We also purchase toys at discounted prices from a national wholesaler and food cards from Festival Foods to be distributed in early December.
Following is a list of agencies that participate in the Holiday House Consortium:
MAJOR FUNDING SOURCE:
Kenosha Christmas Charities, Inc. (Goodfellows)
OVERALL HOLIDAY HOUSE ADMINISTRATOR:
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin
HOLIDAY HOUSE WINTER WRAPS DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR:
Women's and Children's Horizens
CORPORATE GIVING TREE DONATION COORDINATOR:
Southern Lakes Credit Union
Chavez Learning Center
Community Action Agency
ELCA Outreach Center
Kenosha County Center (Hwy 45 & 50)
Kenosha County Department of Human Services (Job Center)
Women’s and Children’s Horizens
R.S.V.P. (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) Various companies also provide employee volunteers to assist in the distribution. Also, Schools have student groups that help with the program.