A Community Christmas

A Community Christmas A Non-Profit Organization

Christmas Giving Center

329 families with 505 children (0-10 years of age) and 287 teens (11-19 years old) were provided with a Merry Christmas this year over a two-day period. To make this program a success, we had over 50 volunteers helping with set up, registration assistance, stocking, shopping (with clients), traffic control, package handling and cleanup – thank you.

We also thank Tom Jackson of Tom Jackson Commercial Realty for helping us find a 2017 Giving Center location (thank you to the building owner as well); Canton Chair Rental for curtains, chairs and tables; Home Depot (Canton Rd) for flatbed carts; Stark County Correctional for their assistance; Aldi’s; and Jake and Linda Lepold.

As in the past, each child under 11 received 3 new toys, 1 used toy, 3 stocking stuffers, 1 stuffed animal and 3 books (3,000 toys and 25 bikes were supplied by the Marine’s Toys for Tots program, and 200 new and slightly used toys were donated by other sources).  Each child 11-19 years old (in school full time, not college) received a $20 Walmart gift certificate.  All families received food vouchers from Fishers, and were able to get clothing from the ACC Closet, coats from our Coats for Christmas, and Christmas decorations (we gladly accepted any Christmas decorations in good shape).  2017 had the least amount of Giving Center no shows, so we’ll continue our calling initiative to minimize them.