Hope & the Holidays

In 2010 Hope & the Holidays was formed as a partnership of the Marine Corps League, the American Legion, area Lions clubs and area Kiwanis clubs and in 2017 the Vietnam Veterans joined the origination. The local Elks Club joined us in 2020. What a successful partnership it has been! We provide Christmas for kids and families in need and our main fundraiser is an annual golf scramble.

Hope & The Holidays provide Christmas for families in need in 6 counties: Broadwater, Gallatin, Jefferson, Madison, Park, and Sweetgrass. Starting right after Thanksgiving and during the month of December, toy donation boxes are set out and people are asked to donate new, unwrapped toys to be given to children in need. We provide gifts, books and games for children, infant through 16 years of age. In 2021 we provided toys and gifts fort 1048 children, provided food baskets to 275 families, thereby assisting a total of 411 families. This is a community effort and we are reliant on donations and volunteers. Approximately 80-90 people volunteer mega-hours to picking up toys, delivery, shopping, and helping distribute the toys over an 8-day period. Historically, we have received many gifts for younger children. But we have also found that so many families have older children that we provide gifts up through age 16 and the majority of those need to be purchased so fundraising is also necessary to meet the communities' needs.