The Brigade's Christmas Giving program serves financially disadvantaged families in Neenah and Menasha by providing clothing and gifts so they may experience a memorable Christmas. The Christmas Giving program was able to provide gifts to hundreds of children last year thanks to the generosity of the community, volunteers and staff. Dolls, bikes, clothing, sporting goods, books, blankets and more helped provide a brighter holiday for families in need. Mittens and caps knitted by the hands of many dedicated and talented volunteer knitters kept little hands and heads warm during the winter. We continue to provide this service to those with children from birth to 18 years old living in Neenah and Menasha. Families are referred to the Christmas Giving program by human and health service departments, schools, churches, and other youth organizations.

How you can help

There are numerous ways the community is helping hundreds of families in Neenah and Menasha have a memorable Christmas. Here's where you can help:

We accept in-kind donations such as new toys, clothing, toiletries, sports equipment, electronics, and other items for children birth to high school age. The Brigade's Christmas Giving program also utilizes donated funds by purchasing last minute items to fulfill a child's Christmas wish list.


This year we will serve nearly 400 families with around 1,000 kids. Please adopt a family this year as the need is great! Individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations, and churches adopt families each Christmas. A Christmas list is provided so you can personally shop for your adopted family, giving it an extra personal touch to their gifts.

Each year, the Christmas Giving program is in need of volunteers to assist donors in unloading donations, organizing donations, selecting gifts, arranging boxes, delivering gifts, and more. If you are interested in helping with any of our activities, please call 725-3211 to sign up or ask questions. 

For Families Looking for Assistance

Families must live in Neenah or Menasha and must be referred to Brigade's Christmas Giving program by human and health service departments, schools, churches, or other youth organizations. Referral forms for 2018 will be available starting in October. If you have questions, please call the Christmas Giving office at 920-725-3211.