Holiday Support for the Community

It is the mission of the Gingerbread House to ensure that, “Every child in Washington County will have the opportunity to experience the lasting, cherished memories of Christmas”.  We achieve this mission by reaching out to individuals and families in Washington County who do not have adequate resources to meet their basic needs, or celebrate the holiday season. 

Sponsoring groups, families and organizations take pride in filling their "adopted" family's basic needs, as well as providing special treats and gifts for individual family members.  This seasonal program has been warmly embraced by the entire community and is quickly becoming a local holiday tradition.  

Please note the 2020 Gingerbread House Signup Dates listed on the "Events" page or for a printable list of dates, click here: Gingerbread VIRTUAL Sign Up Dates 2020

Please note the 2020 Gingerbread House Signup Dates listed on the "Events" page or for a printable list of dates, click here: Gingerbread IN PERSON Sign Up Dates 2020
We will begin by offering virtual sign ups starting Sunday September 20th. Please RSVP to a sign up date to help us estimate how many families intend to sign up at each event! Wish lists will be available to complete online:
Please complete the wishlists in advance, but remember sign up is not complete until you meet in person or virtually with a Gingerbread Volunteer!
In Person Sign Up will be available at St John's Lutheran Church in West Bend on Sunday, November 1 and Sunday, November 8 from 1:00-3:00 pm. If planning to attend an in-person sign up, wishlists will still need to be completed online at the link above. If unable to complete forms online in advance, paper copies will be available at St. John's Lutheran Church during sign up.
We encourage all who are able to attend a virtual sign up if possible and to sign up as early as possible. Sponsors are eager to begin shopping for your families!
Sunday, November 15th will be the deadline to sign up. If you do not attend a sign up before that date, we cannot guarantee you will receive gifts through the Gingerbread House.

County Served: Washington
Population Served: Washington County families in need
Program Availability: Registration begins in September, with distribution in December
Referral Requirements: Self or professional referral (documentation required)
Fee: None


Become a Gingerbread Volunteer!

The Gingerbread House Program does not exist without the dedication and support of volunteers! There are opportunities to volunteer in almost every aspect of the program.

Stay tuned for 2020 opportunities!

Sponsor a Family

The Gingerbread House Program could not exist without the generous support of our sponsors. Returning sponsors have become our cherished friends and new sponsors are always needed. Many of our sponsors choose to be matched directly to an individual or family in need, and shop for items on their Wish List that will provide joy and holiday cheer. Other sponsors prefer to show their support by making a monetary donation, or by purchasing new items to be used in “Santa’s Workshop.” 

If you are interested in sponsoring a family, please complete the Sponsor Information Form 2020 and return to

Businesses are welcome to host gift & toy drives and/or sponsor families as well. If you are unsure how you would like to structure your drive, please reach out to Emily at to discuss options and ideas.

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