Offering families in Gainesville-Hall County the gift of hope in Jesus Christ as we provide Christmas gifts for children who wouldn’t otherwise have anything to open on Christmas morning
Christmas Hope, previously known as the Secret Santa ministry, served the Gainesville-Hall County [Georgia] community for more than 30 years. Secret Santa co-chairs, Wanda Oliver and Joyce Patrick made the decision to retire from ministry in 2018 after serving thousands of children and families in the community through the years.
The name might have changed, but the mission remains the same!
Laura and Kimberly, current Christmas Hope co-chairs, previously served as Secret Santa coordinators at Corinth Baptist Church for several years and used to talk about, “one day when we retire, that [Secret Santa] ministry is something we might like to do.” Although not yet retired, they couldn’t let this ministry cease to exist.
Laura and Kimberly were inspired to step-up in leadership roles, and feel called to continue this important ministry for the community, while continuing to grow and set new goals for Christmas Hope.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Volunteers, sponsors, and donors are all needed to support Christmas Hope in order for the ministry to provide
Christmas gifts for each family who applies for their child(ren) and meets the eligibility criteria.
In 2019, we received 42 applications which represented 42 families and 111 children in Gainesville-Hall County
who requested assistance through Christmas Hope.
In 2020, we received applications from 60 families (which represents 159 children) in Gainesville-Hall County who requested assistance through Christmas Hope.
In 2021, we are looking forward to loving and serving 185 children from local families through Christmas Hope.