Help this Holiday Season - Be an Angel for an Appalachian Child in Need.
You have likely witnessed the excitement when a child sees a large stack of brightly wrapped gifts Christmas morning. Now imagine the impact of those gifts when the child opening them was expecting none! Our Appalachian Secret Santa program collects individual items such as new clothing, coats, and shoes for children in need. We also offer our Christmas Angel's the opportunity to ‘adopt’ children from our list and be a secret Santa by providing items specifically a that child. Children are added to our list if they are not receiving Christmas assistance from another area organization and their family has been identified as a family in need.
This is the first project started by Emily and her siblings, Zach and Sarah. In 1993, Emily, organized this project and raised enough funds (about $400) to purchase gifts for four children living in poverty in the an Appalachian Ohio County. Over the years, the project has grown and thousands of Appalachian children referred by social service agencies have received coats, shoes, clothes, books, educational games, and toys Christmas morning. These gifts and the funds to provide them are received from folks living all across the United States, and throughout the world!