The program seeks the help of the community to make Christmas wishes come true.

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, October 25, 2023 – Goldie Floberg has a long history of ensuring holiday cheer and wonderful memories, especially through the decade’s long tradition of Mother Christmas and her gift-giving program. Mother Christmas needs help again this year to provide wonderful Christmas gifts for the children, teenagers, and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities served by Goldie Floberg. Clients are working on wish lists now and are excited for the Christmas season to come with presents under the tree.

“Just like Saint Nicholas, Mother Christmas makes dreams come true,” says Floberg president/CEO John Pingo. “Our community has ensured, for over 100 years, that the individuals we serve have a wonderful Christmas too.”

Beginning Wednesday, November 1, 2023, wish lists will be ready and Mother Christmas’ helpers will be answering calls at (815) 708-7479 and messages at for suggestions in the range of $5-$30 and donations to support the project. Individuals, community groups, and businesses are all encouraged to take part and make this the best Christmas for the kids and adults Goldie Floberg serves.

Unwrapped gifts will be collected at Floberg’s administrative office at 4960 E. State Street, Suite 300, Rockford, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. by Monday, December 12th.

More drop off sites are Roscoe Pack & Mail, 5062 Rockrose Court in Roscoe, Getz Fire Equipment, 2420 Harrison Ave in Rockford, and Choreo, LLC or RSM US LLP, 1252 Bell Valley Road, 3rd Floor in Rockford. Drop-offs should be made inside the buildings during regular business hours.

For those interested in helping, but not shopping, Mother Christmas is glad to shop with your donation! Contributions can be made safely online at, through PayPal (@GoldieFloberg), on Facebook, or by texting ‘Christmas’ to 815-683-3247.

Goldie Floberg is a 105-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children, teenagers, and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities in the communities surrounding Rockford, Illinois. Through group and community living, learning, adult employment services, and added enrichment and entertainment, Goldie Floberg empowers and enriches the lives of all people served. They enhance the lives of their clients by giving them opportunities and the ability to make choices to build their lives of purpose and fulfillment. Please learn more at