Spirit of Giving Event

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Join Us for the United Way of Will County Spirit of Giving Event, Partnering with the Promenade Bolingbrook

The much-awaited Spirit of Giving event is back, and it’s time to share the warmth and generosity of the holiday season with the entire Will County Community.  No matter if you’re a family, a scout, part of a service group, a company, or just someone with a big heart, we invite everyone to come together and give back in in partnership with the Promenade Bolingbrook.

We’re turning a store front at the Promenade Bolingbrook into a magical winter wonderland by bringing the North Pole to you.  Get ready to be welcomed by Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s Helpers, as we transform the old American Eagle store into Santa’s Workshop.  We’re on the lookout for eager “Elves in Training” to help us spread the Spirit of Giving all across Will County.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2nd and choose from three different registration times: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, or 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, and get ready to make a difference!

This year’s Santa Workshop Stations are bursting with festive activities that warm the heart:

  • Create Adorable Stuffed Animals: These special creations are designed to be given to First Responders, who, in turn, offer them to children in need during emergency calls.
  • Craft Festive Holiday Cards and Assemble Care Packages: These go to the unsheltered population in Will County, spreading hope and goodwill.
  • Make Christmas Ornaments: Bring joy to seniors in Will County who are homebound and share the holiday spirit with them.
  • Meet and Greet Santa: Santa himself will be there to share in the festivities and spread smiles.
  • Delightful Storytime with Mrs. Claus: Enjoy a heartwarming storytime experience that adds a touch of magic to the day.
  • Spread Joy: As a touching and optional act of kindness, you’re welcome to bring an unwrapped toy, which will be donated to various organizations, ensuring that children in Will County have a special gift under their tree. As an extra incentive, you’ll also have a chance to win a $100 gift card to H&M.

For those looking to support the event in an even more meaningful way, we offer various sponsorship opportunities:

  • Stuffed Animal Sponsorship – $1,000
  • Holiday Goodie Bag Sponsorship – $500
  • Santa’s Goodwill Sponsorship – $500

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the Spirit of Giving.  Register as an “Elf in Training” or become a sponsor by clicking here to visit our Registration Page.

If you’re unable to attend but still want to contribute to the United Way of Will County Spirit of Giving, you can make a donation by clicking on the red Donate button.

Let’s come together and make this holiday season unforgettable for the entire Will County community.  Join us in spreading joy, love, and the true Spirit of Giving!



Scout patches are available for purchase with ticket.


Harrahs Joliet
Harrahs Joliet
Bolingbrook Promenade Logo
Three Rivers Association of Realtors
John Greene Realtor

Event History

On December 1st, 2017 United Way of Will County hosted the first Spirit of Giving. This volunteer event was free and family friendly; it sold out at 100 registrants. It included volunteer projects such as assembling and stuffing animals for local emergency response calls, decorating holiday greeting cards for Will County residents, and sorting children’s winter hats, gloves, and scarves. Volunteers enjoyed hot chocolate and snacks while visiting with Santa and completing these acts of kindness and service.

View photos from the 2017 volunteer event.