GALLIA COUNTY — The 2015 Gallia County Community Christmas Project has started its holiday collection season and seeks to provide presents for families living in Gallia County that need help providing gifts for their children.
The GCCCP was created as a way for everyone in the community to work together, including all area school systems, numerous organizations, churches and businesses to provide gifts for these families in need, while eliminating duplication of efforts.
Around 1,400 children living in Gallia County received Christmas gifts through the GCCCP in 2014. More than 1,400 children have applied for this year’s project. While these numbers seem large, the project volunteers compare the numbers every year with the number of children that received school clothing and supply assistance from the Gallia County Department of Job and Family Services (GCDJFS) for that school year.
The GCDJFS program is entirely income-based eligibility and their numbers this year, as in years past, are similar to the number that have applied for the Christmas Project. Applications for the GCCCP were passed out in every school district in Gallia County and at local partnering agencies, including the Gallia County Health Department and the Gallia County Department of Job and Family Services.
According to GCDJFS Director Dana Glassburn, approximately 350 children still need sponsors this Christmas. Project volunteers are seeking assistance from the public. Donations are received from sponsorships and many are received anonymously.
“School nurses have been a tremendous help to the project,” Glassburn said. “Families, businesses and churches also assist the project and register individuals for sponsorships. Many of our sponsors wish to remain anonymous because they aren’t seeking recognition. They simply want to contribute to a worthy cause. It’s a community collaboration that brings out the spirit of the holiday season.”
According to Glassburn, the Body of Christ Outreach Ministry serves as the organizing body for project efforts while partnering with Gallia County Jobs and Family Services.
If individuals would like to become involved in the GCCCP or want to find out more about the project, contact the Body of Christ Outreach Ministry at BOCOM4Gallia@ymail.com, as they are tracking the sponsors for the project. If individuals are sponsoring children through a school nurse in any of the school districts in Gallia County, they are involved with the GCCCP.
For more information and to keep up with the progress of the project, check out the Gallia County Community Christmas Project Facebook page.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.