Making the Holiday Brighter for Those in Need

Holiday Wishes is an annual giving program from the Pioneer Press and United Way that profiles local families in poverty throughout the season, and highlights their needs and wishes.

Of the 42 families involved in the program last year, several were profiled in the paper. The Pioneer Press began the series with the story of a young man profiled in 2013, whose life was changed because of Holiday Wishes. Meet the 2014 families.

Show Your Support


Holiday Wishes giving is now closed, but you can help families in need throughout the year with a gift to United Way's general fund.


We're now accepting nominations for 2015 Holiday Wishes families.
Submit a nomination now.

  • Nominations are due October 16.
  • Nominations will only be accepted from current United Way partner agencies.

Holiday Wishes 2014