Christmas Project returns to help Gallia families

By Dean Wright -

GALLIA COUNTY — With the coming of the holiday season, food to be prepared and gifts to be wrapped, the Gallia County Community Christmas Project is once again looking to assist area families with providing gifts for their children.

The final deadline to apply for the project is Nov. 3. Families can print a form off at and return it to their child’s school. If they do not have children in school, they can turn it into the Gallia Department of Job and Family Services.

The Gallia County Christmas Project is a collaboration among area groups encompassing faith-based organizations and more in the hopes of helping provide Christmas gifts for area families.

Those who do not have printers may visit the Bossard Memorial Library or Gallia Job and Family Services for assistance in filling out forms. All children in a family should be listed on the same form. Children not of school age should also be listed on the form.

According to, all questions may be directed to the Body of Christ Outreach Ministry at Post Office Box 526, Kerr, Ohio 45643 or by email at Typically, this is limited to address or phone number changes that are needed on the form so that one can be contacted for distribution. If children are sponsored, one will be contacted by phone or by mail to notify of the date/time to pick up your gifts. Applicants are asked to not contact us concerning a distribution date if not been contacted. Due to time constraints, messages asking when distribution dates are will not be returned. The entire project is a volunteer effort and all information submitted to this program will be processed by volunteers. Applying for this project does not guarantee families will receive gifts. In addition, all gifts are donated or purchased with financial donations by area churches, businesses, organizations and individuals in our community.

After its last deadline last year looking to cover roughly 20 remaining children, the Gallia County Community Christmas Project was able to provide for the gifts of 1,502 Gallia children after raising over $75,000 due to donations and sponsorships throughout the community.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-46-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright