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Holiday/Christmas Programs


Each year, Mission for Area People partners with area churches, businesses and other service organizations to provide at least 100 Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Each family receives a basket with everything they need for a great home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner!

We take calls to register for Thanksgiving Baskets preceding Thanksgiving each year until we have 100 families. Call 231-733-9672 to register. Volunteers pack baskets early in the week of Thanksgiving, starting after Food Pantry hours. Basket Giveaway is the week of Thanksgiving.

If you would like to help fill these baskets in the future, we need the following items: Veggies, stuffing, cornmeal, canned fruit, jello, muffin mix, boxed desserts mixes, frosting, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, margarine, and turkeys!


Mission for Area People is a designated Toys for Tots Location, partnering with a vast network of area Toys for Tots donation centers, in addition to our network of churches and volunteers. Our MAP family creates a comprehensive and dignified shopping experience for our guests, who receive everything they need for a nice Christmas for their children, right down to the wrapping paper!

Calls are taken to register for The Holiday Toy Shoppe the first two weeks of December. Volunteer or donate to get involved! Call 231-733-9672 to volunteer or register.

Mission for Area People provides approximately 1,200 children in our community with Christmas gifts. Your help is needed to make this possible. MAP does receive some gifts and toys from Toys for Tots, but additional help is always needed.

Starting in 2018, MAP will provide gifts to children ages 15-18. Children under fifteen are served well by Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army; however, they do not provide gifts for the older teenagers. Our Holiday Gift Shoppe is set up just like a store. Parents come and shop for new unwrapped gifts for their children. Volunteers wrap the gifts, put bows and name tags on them and carry the gifts to the family’s vehicle.

Your support is very much needed each holiday season. You can help us make a difference in the lives of children in our community. Gifts, toys and monetary donations are appreciated.