You may need extra help this season or you might have something to give. This guide includes ways to receive or donate to local toy drives, angel trees, community meals, food shelf donations and more in 2022.
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TOY DRIVES AND DONATIONS
Waconia Toy Drive will be collecting toys at local businesses until Nov. 25. All gift donations for children ages infant through 18 years must be new and unwrapped. Gifting day is Friday, December 2, 2022 from 9am- 6:30am at Freshwater Community Church.
Donations may be dropped off at Waconia businesses during regular hours at;
- American Family Insurance Agency
- Apiary Aerial Studio
- D.R. Horton - Fields of Waconia
- Children of Tomorrow
- Everson's Hardware Hank
- Freshwater Church
- Hearing Life
- Hometown Bank
- Mackenthun's Fine Foods
- Mainstream Boutique
- MidCountry Bank
- Move Well Chiropractic
- Mystic Fortress Games
- Old National Bank (Waconia & St. Boni)
- Regarding Dentistry
- Safari Island
- Security Bank
- Snap Fitness
- Soothe Your Soul Massage
- SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
- Trending Upward
- Waconia Brewing Company
- Waconia City Hall
- Waconia Ice Arena
- Waconia Moravian Church
- Waconia High School Student Council
Chaska Santa will be collecting Toys for Tots. Donations are needed for all ages 0-18. Donations can be made at local businesses during regular hours. Donations are needed before December 15, 2022.
Distribution will take place December 16-18, 2022 at Chaska VFW Post 1791. Sign up online to receive before Dec. 5th.
Donations may be dropped off at Chaska area businesses during regular hours at;
- Chaska Lakes Chiropractic
- La Hermosa
- Center Bank
- Nicollet Bank - Chanhassen
- Linda’s Cellar
- Nicollet Bank - Chaska
- The Smiling Olive
- Chaska City Hall
- Chaska Community Center
- Chaska Curling Center/Crooked Pint
- Chaska High School Student Council
- Chaska Laundry Center
- Chaska Place Apartments
- Chaska Valley Veterinary Clinic
- Chaska VFW
- Clover Ridge Elementary
- Cooper's Foods
- Crown of Glory Lutheran Church
- Cuzzy's Brick House
- Cy's Bar & Grill
- Dolce Vita - Wine & Spirits
- Fitness First
- HealthSource Chiropractic
- Heartbreakers Bar & Grill
- RG Insurance Agency - Victor Ramírez
- Legacy Wealth Enhancement
- Little Roos
- Chaska Middle School East
- Nothing But Hemp
- Old National Bank
- Preschool Place
- Revive Nutrition
- Schram Haus Brewery
- Southwest Eye Care x4
- State Farm - Kim Schaffer
- Carver Junk Company
- Step by Step Montessori School Chaska
- The Berg Group
- The Blends
- The RAK
- Upgrade Nutrition
- Na's Thai Restaurant
VFW in Chaska is located at 620 Creek Road Chaska, MN 55318 Follow Chaska Santa on Facebook for more updates.
Parkside Church is working with Love INC for those in need this holiday season. If you are in need of help this Christmas, you can contact Love INC at (952) 448-3261 to register for participation in this event.
The Joy Jam will take place on December 18, 2022. Volunteers are also needed to help organize, wrap and deliver gifts. Learn more about sign up on their website.
COMMUNITY MEALS AND FOOD PACKING
Carver County has a Free Food Distribution for everyone. Food is packaged for drive-thru pickup.
Chaska Dates - Nov. 17, 2022 and Dec. 15, 2022. Pick up between 12pm - 1:00pm at 2100 Stoughton Ave Chaska MN 55318.
Norwood Young America Dates - Dec. 2, 2022. Pick up between 2pm-3pm. City Hall 310 Elm Street West Norwood Young America, MN 55368.
Food Distribution are volunteer-run and always looking for more help. Sign up HERE.
Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen, MN needs volunteers to hand-pack meals that are sent to children around the world. Reserve a time to help pack.
Feed My Starving Children is located at 18732 Lake Drive East Chanhassen, MN 55317
ANGEL TREES AND DIRECT DONATIONS
Off The Top Hairstyling in Waconia has an angel tree and if you are in need of gifts you can pick up or Download the FORM and return by December 1, 2022. It can be dropped off or mailed to Off The Top Hairstyling or Email email@example.com to be added to the tree.
If you would like to help you can stop in now at Off The Top Hairstyling and pick an angel and purchase a gift for that person. Regular hours are Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and Closed on Sundays.
Off The Top Hairstyling is located at 9364 Oak Ave, Suite A, Waconia, MN 55387. Website (952) 442-1777
Spreading Cheer MN is a program where you can give gifts for the entire family in need. Applications are closed for those receiving, but if you would like to help a family in Minnesota you can visit the facebook page to adopt a family in need.
COAT AND WINTER GEAR COLLECTION
St. Joesph School in Waconia is collecting gently used winter outerwear in sizes Toddler to Adult XL. Drop off November 1 - November 28, 2022. Boots, Hats, Gloves, Mittens, Snowpants, Coats and Scarves.
Drop off locations;
- St. Joesphs School
- Waconia Schools
- City Hall
- Safari Island
- Snap Fitness
- Southpoint Financial
- Waconia 1 Collision
Any youth in need of winter gear there will be a pick up on December 2, 2022 from 8am-7pm. St. Joseph Catholic Community 41 East First Street Waconia, MN 55387. All are welcome. No registration is required.
FOOD SHELF DONATION
Bountiful Basket is a Food Shelf helping families in Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, & Victoria.
If you are in need you can call (952) 556-0244 to schedule an appointment.
Food can be donated during open hours.
- Monday – 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m
- Tuesday – 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday – 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Thursday – Closed
- Friday – 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- First and Third Saturday of each month 9 a.m. – Noon
There are many ways to volunteer, food pick up, client assistance, front desk and food warehouse. Visit website for more information and available opportunities.
Bountiful Basket is located at 1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska, MN 55318 (952) 556-0244
Gather and Grow Waconia United Food Shelf, serving residents in Waconia, Victoria, New Germany, St. Bonifacius, and Cologne, MN.
If you are in need of assistance, you can register and shop on the same day.
Hours are Monday & Saturday: 9:00am–11:45am and Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm–6:45pm. Closed on Holidays.
Donations are always needed as well as volunteers. Visit website for current needs.
Waconia United Food Shelf is located at 11 South Elm Street, Waconia, MN 55387 (952) 442-3878
Friends For Life Food Shelf in Watertown, MN.
Donations can be dropped off Mondays from 4 to 7 pm, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am to noon.
To receive food, please reserve a time slot by phone or use the order online form.
Watertown Food Shelf is located at 309 Lewis Avenue South, Watertown, MN 55388 (952) 955-1980
Southwest Carver County Food Shelf in Norwood Young America, MN.
Hours are Tuesdays- 12:30-5 pm.
Southwest Carver County Food Shelf is located at 10 First Avenue NE, Norwood Young America (952) 467-1870
PROP (People Reaching Out to People) Offers food programs to Eden Prairie and Chanhassen residents.
Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 9:30-1:00pm and Wednesday, 3pm-6:30pm.
PROP is located at 14700 Martin Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 937-9120
We are still working on this list and if you know of a great place to donate please send an email to Jamies@macaronikid.com.
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