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We’re Kicking Off Our Annual Be Community Action: Holiday Giving Event!

Join Community Action of Allegan County in supporting our Clients this holiday season!

Community Action of Allegan County (CAAC) will be kicking off the holiday giving season on Monday, November 16th with its yearly collection of gifts and household necessities for seniors and families living in Allegan County.

The agency will be delivering holiday bags to over 100 homebound senior citizen households throughout Allegan County. Many seniors in Allegan County do not have family or friends to celebrate the holidays with. Sometimes the only contact they have with people are with our Home Delivered Meal or Volunteer Transportation drivers. The small bag of gifts we are able to provide them means so much as it is often, their only holiday gift.

For the past several years CAAC has teamed up with Michigan State Police for their Stuff the Blue Goose Event. The event allows shoppers to donate new, unwrapped toys to low-income families. In addition to toys and clothes for children, the event has been an opportunity for families to receive other donations as well: including household basics such as toilet paper, gifts for adults and wrapping paper. This year, the Stuff the Blue Goose event will be held on December 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Walmart in Plainwell.

CAAC looks forward to continuing these two events this year through a combined effort. The Be Community Action Holiday Giving Season will run from November 16 through December 18 and will benefit both groups of clients.

If you are able to donate any of the items from the list below we and our clients would be most grateful. We ask that all donations be in new condition and not be already gift wrapped.

If you are unable to shop and would like to donate financially to this great cause, we will gladly do the shopping. Please click here if you would like to make a donation through our website. When making a donation through our website please select the fund “Holiday Giving”. All donations can be brought to the 323 Water Street, Allegan office no later than Friday, December 18, 2020 to allow for bag assembly and distribution.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office will be operating on a limited basis. To ensure your gift is properly received, we ask that if purchasing your donation online to have it shipped directly to our main office (323 Water Street, Allegan). We also will be opening our lobby, Monday through Friday starting November 30 and through December 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for donation drop-offs.

Other drop-off locations include:

  • Community Action’s Early Education Center (623 10th Street Plainwell, MI 49080), Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 30 through December 9
  • Lakeview Salon (42 32nd Street Allegan, MI 49010) during regular business hours, November 30 through December 18
  • TCF Bank (236 Hubbard Street Allegan, MI 49010) during regular business hours, November 30 through December 18

If you are unable to arrange drop-off for your donation within these parameters, we ask that you call (269.673.5472) or email (info@communityactionallegan.org) to set up a scheduled time to drop-off your donation by December 18. 

To view a list of suggested items and to shop our Amazon Wish Lists click the links below:

Teen Wish List: This wish list is for teens, 13-17, for our Christmas program. Each year we adopt families for gift distribution and these are some ideas of gifts for the teens of the family. Available on Amazon and Walmart.

Children’s Wish List: This wish list is for young children, 0-12, for our Christmas program. Each year we adopt families for gift distribution and these are some ideas of gifts for the children. Available on Amazon and Walmart.

Senior Wish List: This wish list is for our seniors, 60+, for our Christmas program. Each year we provide our seniors gift baskets and these are some ideas of gifts that they appreciate. Available on Amazon and Walmart.

Additionally, we are partnering with a few community businesses to host Giving Trees! In the lobbies of  both TCF Bank in Allegan (42 32nd Street) and Superior Cutting Service in Holland (13181 Driesenga Dr), there are trees decorated with ornaments identifying Wish List items.

Not limited to the above lists, all donations appreciated. Thank you in advance for your generous donation!

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