The Kids

The Wisconsin Dells Kops for Kids program was originally started in 1999, and collected gifts for 70 children in the Wisconsin Dells School District. Names were solicited by the police departments by working with county social services, service clubs, and teachers to assure that we were targeting children in need. As the Wisconsin Dells area grows, so does our list. By 2003 we helped over 150 children and distributed over $5000 in food, clothing and toys.

2011 was our biggest event yet as we assisted over 269 children. The stories behind each child may be heart breaking. Parents out of work, a recent death of a parent or sibling, homeless or displaced families, and children with little to no food or heat. Children can be nominated by a family member, teacher, law enforcement, social worker, or friend of the family. Sometimes the children fill out the wish list themselves asking for a variety of things. Each year we are driven by the requests for the simple things that many of us take for granted. Some of the recent request we received from the kids themselves asked for "a winter hat", "food for my baby sister", or "a blanket to stay warm." All officers and volunteers involved are deeply moved by the stories, words, and faces of the children on our list. The long hours, hard work, and literally months of planning makes it all worthwhile when we see the smiles that our efforts bring each year.

Know a child in need?

Nominations are accepted beginning the week prior to Thanksgiving and ends November 28nd. To nominate a child, please download the form below, print it out, and complete it. The form may be dropped off or mailed into the Lake Delton or Wisconsin Dells Police Departments. Additional forms are located at each agency or you can download one below.

Download Nomination Form Here!

Rules of eligibility:

  1. All children nominated must be from a family in need due to financial situations, medical reasons, loss of parent or guardian, unemployment, or displacement.
  2. Please list all children in the family and be specific to first and last names so no child is left out.
  3. Due to the overwhelming request, only those children in the Wisconsin Dells School District are eligible. Surrounding school districts may have similar programs run through government support agencies, or non-profit organizations.
  4. Children must be newborns to seniors in high school at the time of nomination.
  5. Children must be present at the holiday party to receive gifts unless prior approval made by an organizer.
  6. Children receiving benefits from other gift drives will not be eligible unless prior approval by organizer.
  7. All gifts are non-refundable or returnable.
  8. Please list any special needs or wants for each child. We do our best to provide children exact clothing needs and seek toys specific to each child.
  9. Be exact to clothing sizes.
  10. Holiday party is by invite only. Transportation assistance may be provided if known in advance.