Christmas 2006 Report for Gainesville, Ga.
Community Christmas distribution in Gainesville was scheduled for two days; Thursday and Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. We also opened the doors for latecomers on Saturday morning from 9:00am- 11:00 am. This year we helped 577 families with Christmas assistance. Food boxes were given to feed 2434 people and toys were provided for 1368 children. 1326 children were placed on the Angel Tree but 137 were not selected and the Corps shopped for their clothing. We dropped 48 children from our list because they received toys and clothing through Secret Santa and there were nine families who applied but did not pick up food or gifts. A copy of our list was sent to Toys for Tots and Secret Santa who did their distribution before we did. We dropped anyone from our list who was on their list this year. Thru the Angel Tree, gifts valued at $92,157.00 were donated. There were Angel Trees at Cracker Barrel in Braselton, Denny?s, Cracker Barrel in Commerce and the Lakeshore Mall as well as various businesses. The average Angel Gift this year was valued at $69.50
This year we visited eleven nursing homes and 769 nursing home residents were given a Christmas Tree, a War Cry and a 2007calendar with a monthly Bible verse on each page. Carols were sung in seven of the nursing homes and the band accompanied the singing at three. The band also did caroling outdoors at three locations. The Hispanic group distributed gifts at four nursing homes.
Forty-four children received gifts at the Youth program Christmas party. Sixty-seven people attended the performance of the musical ?Gather at the Manger?, followed by a time of fellowship and snacks in at the Corps. The Hispanic Home League and Men?s Club programs celebrated Christmas at Fire Mountain Restaurant. The Gainesville Corps Home League Christmas party was at the Fire Mountain with thirty one attending. The Corps celebrated Christmas with an open house at the Tidman?s Quarters. Twenty eight people participated in the Christmas Eve candlelight service at the Corps. This year the staff Christmas party was at Medieval Times in Discover Mall with thirty-three in attendance. 68 food boxes were packed for TSA employees, childcare employees and families of both the Gainesville Corps. Eleven children staying in the transitional apartments received toys on Christmas Eve and each man and woman in the lodge received a gift on Christmas morning.
This year $158,585.92 were raised in the kettles which is an increase of $49,660.80 over last years total.
Many THANKS to all the wonderful volunteers who helped to make this a very Blessed Christmas!