Faith in Action of Marathon County will hold its sixth annual Gift of Hope Holiday Care Drive on Dec. 1.

It will provide area seniors in need, many of whom are homebound, with hand-delivered care packages containing food and personal care items to brighten their holidays.

The following items are needed:

Food items:

Canned chicken, tuna or other meat
Canned soup, stew and spaghetti
Canned vegetables and fruits
Saltine cracker sleeves
Individual packages of cookies
Instant potatoes/rice
Peanut butter/jelly
Hot chocolate mix/tea/coffee

Personal care items: 

Lip balm
Hand lotion

Body soap


Hats, gloves, scarves
$10 grocery gift cards
Puzzle books
Greeting cards

Donations are accepted at the following locations through Nov. 25:

Bethany Lutheran Church

First English Lutheran Church
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Mountain of the Lord
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Rib Mountain Lutheran Church

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
St. Stephen Lutheran Church

St. John’s Episcopal Church
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Zion Lutheran Church-Wausau

Zion Lutheran Church-Aniwa

Volunteers are needed to help assemble the packages from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Faith in Action office at 630 Adams St., Wausau (inside Immanuel Lutheran Church). In addition, volunteers are needed to help deliver the packages to area seniors starting on Dec. 1.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Ruth Hebbe at 715-848-8783 or email at