Launch of the community Christmas campaign


EAST ALTON – United Way’s annual Community Christmas Campaign has kicked off in the Riverbend area to help area residents and families.

Community members can participate by dropping off items at one of the dozens of local businesses, churches, or nonprofits that host collection boxes or by donating money to CommunityChristmas. All proceeds will be used to purchase necessary items and distributed by nonprofit organizations serving people in Madison County and surrounding areas.

This year, the main community needs are for essential items like blankets, winter items like new coats and hats, baby essentials, personal care items, etc. A list of participating boxes is available at

“We look forward to continuing the great tradition of Community Christmas and helping the Riverbend community as this program has done for over 30 years,” said Mike Toner, 2021 President of Community Christmas. “We always appreciate the generosity of local businesses and the community at this time of year. This generosity will surely help make the holiday season for a family even more radiant.

The campaign will run until early December when the boxes are picked up. All donations will be distributed to the following organizations for distribution to people in the community during the holiday season and beyond:

• 100 black men – Alton branch

• Beverly Farms

• Alton Boys and Girls Club

• Caritas family solutions

• Catholic children’s home

• Central stone

• Reception and help center for children

• Food crisis center

• Illinois Center for Autism

• Madison County Urban League

• Oasis Women’s Center

• Operation Blessing

• Riverbend Family Ministries

• Riverbend Head Start Family Services

• Salvation Army

• Village of Royal Lakes

• Y Alton Women.

Monetary donations can be made at or mailed to United Way at 707 Berkshire Blvd., Suite 270, East Alton, IL 62024, marked Attn: Community Christmas.

United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind: to help people live the best lives possible. Located in 16 counties in Illinois and Missouri, United Way helps area residents build the foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, financial stability, education, health and to strong communities.

For more information, call 314-421-0700 or visit

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