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Mayor Barrett’s Holiday Drive

The 11th Annual Holiday Drive kicked off on Monday, November 20, and ends on Friday, December 1. This year’s Holiday Drive is supporting USO Wisconsin by collecting toys for our local children of currently serving US military.

Every day brave men and women in the armed forces selflessly defend our country and the freedoms we cherish. The effects of war can extend far beyond the deployed service member. With your commitment, we can show our appreciation for their exceptional service and the sacrifices made by their families over the holiday season.

Since 2007, the City of Milwaukee has held an Annual Holiday Drive for servicemen and women. City of Milwaukee employees, community partners, businesses and residents have risen to the challenge and collected thousands of toiletries, snacks, goodies and more to help bring a little holiday cheer to those who have sacrificed for our country.

The drive began as a way for the City of Milwaukee to share their gratitude with Wisconsin troops who were far away from their homes during the holidays. More than 2,000 goodie-filled boxes were shipped to Wisconsin troops serving our country overseas in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.

In 2013, the Holiday Drive took on a new beneficiary: our veterans. With more and more troops returning home from overseas service, the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County formed a partnership to support hundreds of veterans and their families in the greater Milwaukee area. We provided hundreds of complete home starter kits for the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative and brought the comforts of home to the patients receiving care at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Milwaukee is fortunate to have a number of excellent military and veterans’ service organizations. Each year, we continue to find new ways to spread joy among them.

If your corporation would like to sponsor the 11th Annual Holiday Drive, please contact Nick Ramos at (414) 286-2200 or


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200 E. Wells Street
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Milwaukee, WI 53202  

(414) 286-CITY (2489)

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Phone: 414-286-2200
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