Who We Are
We are a non-profit, all volunteer organization working year around towards a project that occurs at Christmas time. Each year hundreds of community volunteers work together to ensure that all northern Anoka County residents will have food on their tables for the holidays and their children will have gifts under their Christmas tree. We started in 1981 and now each year we provide brighter holidays for over 1,200 Anoka County households with more than 3,000 children.
How We Help
Food, new toys, new books and money donations are collected through drives at many area schools, drop sites at area businesses, and through generous financial contributions from local businesses and individuals. Toys are collected in local drives conducted by Toys for Joy. The local members of the St. Paul Area Associaton of Realtors also buy hundreds of toys. The Toys for Tots, organized by the Marine Corps, provides the rest of the toys we distribute.
Families and individuals in need, living in northern Anoka County, are eligible for our help and are sought by the Christmas Committee in the fall of the year.
The sole purpose and activity of this organization is the annual Christmas distribution. Just before Christmas this takes place at the Anoka Armory on Main Street in downtown Anoka (see map). Space there is generously donated by the National Guard.
Hundreds of volunteers sort the food and toys and prepare for distribution to needy families. These families arrive and are assisted by volunteer “Santa's Elves” as they choose toys appropriate for the children in their families. They also receive ample food for the Holiday period, including canned and boxed food, frozen poultry, fresh bread and potatoes.
Our operating costs are very low because most services and materials are donated or loaned. Plus, the work of this project is all done by volunteers. Funding for a large part of toys provided by this project comes from auctions and an annual golf tournament sponsored by the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors. The majority of our food costs and other expenses come from donations from service groups, businesses and individuals. Christmas Committee welcomes donations of food, toys, children's books, cash, and time. Perishable foods such as poultry, bread and potatoes are purchased at reasonable prices from local suppliers.