A Community Christmas

A Community Christmas A Non-Profit Organization

Our 2016 A Community Christmas Report

INTAKE – Donna Craig & Janet Ross

1,039 families were interviewed over a 9-day period in October, 2016. Of these families, 325 families were served by the Adopt-A-Family program, 108 were single-family homes (with no children) and received food vouchers, and 607 families were served through our Christmas Giving Center. Thank you to all the volunteers (an average of 30 each day) that made the process run smoothly, and to the American Legion Canton Post 44 for allowing us to use their facility in 2016.

 

ADOPT-A-FAMILY – Brenda Goins

325 families were adopted this year and all families got their packages! We thank all of the generous donors who graciously adopted and provided Christmas for these families. We’d also like to thank the following for volunteering their time, talents and support to make the distribution process so successful: Alan Wornock (our Director of Distribution); Tracy Stevens and her crew from Dominion East Ohio Gas; Jay and Stephanie Metzger; Scott Walton; and St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

 

CHRISTMAS GIVING CENTER – Jake Lebold & Jim Hinderer

607 families with 1,012 children (0-10 years of age) and 579 youths (11-19 years old) were provided with a Merry Christmas this year over a three-day period. To make this program a success, we had almost 100 volunteers helping with set up, registration assistance, stocking, shopping (with the clients), traffic control, package handling and cleanup – thank you.

We’d also like to thank the Wright Preparatory Academy for allowing us to use their Crocker Hall as our 2016 Giving Center location.  As in the past, each child under 11 received three new toys, stocking stuffers, stuffed animals and books (2,800 toys, including 28 bikes, were supplied by the Marine’s Toys for Tots program). 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, clothing (from the ACC Closet program), coats (from the Coats for Christmas program) and Christmas decorations. (If you have any unwanted Christmas decorations in good shape, we’ll gladly take them.)  Best of all, our 2016 no-show rate was minimal due to a calling initiative.

NOTE: If you plan to get rid of your old Christmas decorations, we will gladly take them.

 

ACC CLOSET – Susan Hill & Julie Klee

The ACC Closet program provides a generous selection of clothing, bedding, household items, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes and other miscellaneous items for our Christmas Giving Center clients. Items are new or gently used and collected throughout the year, plus we have a small budget to purchase items at deep discounts or end-of-season pricing. Thank you to our volunteers who spent many hours setting up the Giving Center, then helped clients shop while restocking inventory as needed – very little was left!

 

GIVING TREE – Lois Piggott

2,100 gifts were given to recipients from tags placed on 23 Giving Trees located all around Stark County, including those at The Timken Company, Friends & Family Credit Union, Kent State University, AEP, GBS, Nationwide Insurance, Belden Village Mall, the North Canton YMCA and Library, Stark Bar Association, and many area churches. Recipients were from many agencies, nursing homes, day care centers and head start programs, as well as mentally and physically challenged children and adults.

We’d like to thank all who took a tag and purchased gifts; The Canton Repository for printing the tags; Books-A-Million for providing books for all the children; our volunteers and drivers; and to McDonald’s and many friends for donating food to feed our volunteers and drivers.

 

VOLUNTEERS – Susan Hill and Julie Klee

230 volunteers worked over 8,000 hours at the various programs of A Community Christmas in 2016. Although these numbers seem amazingly high, they do not include volunteers or hours for The Giving Tree, Adopt-A-Family, Mitten Tree or Coats for Christmas (since there are many unknown donors and volunteers that contribute to these programs at the collection locations and sponsoring organizations). It’s incredible to think that our volunteers’ dedication of time, enthusiasm, suggestions and hard work made it possible to give Christmas aid to more than 1,039 Stark County families last year.

We are always seeking volunteers, so please call our office at 330-454-3841 and leave a message if you can help us in 2017.

 

MONETARY DONATIONS – Robert S. Harris

It was a great year for giving – and receiving!

A Community Christmas is very thankful to have received 7 grants totaling $21,800, which was the highest amount received from grants in the last 5 years.  The grant monies combined with an increase in donations from individuals and businesses, allowed us to spend the following amounts on our families:

$25,325 for Food Vouchers ($23,825 + $1,500 donated from Fishers Civic Fund ‒ thank you!)

$11,580 on Teen Gift Certificates (579 teens x $20 each)

$36,932 Total Spent on Clients!

 

MITTEN TREES – Pam Corneliussen

5,998 Mitten Tree items (hats, gloves and scarves) were collected in 2016 from over 20 participating Stark County churches, libraries and businesses – the most donated in the last 10 years! Mitten Tree items were distributed through Canton City, Plain Local and Louisville City Schools, the Canton City Health Department, the Stark County Health Department, Lifecare Family Health & Dental Center and The Total Living Center. We also collected 6,182 “Seat Cover” items (undergarments, diapers, sweatpants and socks) throughout the year and distributed them to the same schools and clinics. Thank you to Trinity United Church of Christ for being our collection site and a financial supporter of this program.

COATS FOR CHRISTMAS – John Limburg

4,153 coats (new and gently used) were collected from our 90 Stark County collection sites.  1,154 coats were given out during our three-day Christmas Giving Center and the remainder were distributed through the Canton Calvary Mission, Alliance Salvation Army, Joy Helping Neighbors, Alliance for Children and Families, Canton & Massillon Schools, Community Drop-In Center Outreach, Andre’s House, Refuse of Hape and the Men’s Crisis Center.

Thank you to our 10 coat route volunteers, Jerry Mulheim and his team for laundering coats in need of cleaning, and for the donation that covered all cleaning expenses.

 

USED/NEW CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS – Jake Lebold – Jim Hinderer – Carolyn Gemma

We had a considerable amount of happy clients when they were able to receive free Christmas decorations along with all the other items they received. We never realized how many of them did not have any decorations. If you plan to get rid of your old decorations, we will gladly take them.

 

SYNOPSIS OF THE YEAR

If the number of families served can measure success, then 2014 was truly A Community Christmas and one of our most successful years.  The above reports show how much you care for those less fortunate in the Stark County community.  Since the program began approximately 60 years ago, it has been reviewed yearly and changes have been implemented resulting in an organization that continues to grow and fulfill our missions. We have the success this year due to all of our Grant providers, Donors and Volunteers.

 

 

Our Grant Providers – Thank You Very Much

THE HOOVER FOUNDATION

$5,000

THE DEUBLE FOUNDATION

$3,000

THE DIEBOLD FOUNDATION

$2,500

THE SISTERS OF CHARITY FOUNDATION

$1,500

WARD J. & JOY A. TIMKEN FOUNDATION

$1,000

THE WALMART FOUNDATION N. CANTON

$1,000

THE WALMART FOUNDATION CANTON CTR

$1,000

THE DOMINION FOUNDATION

$1,000

THE W.R. TIMKEN, JR. FOUNDATION

$500

 

 Special thanks to our Grant Providers whose provision of funds help to make our organization and noble cause possible.