Christmas assistance program

Parents seeking assistance for their children for Christmas must complete a Financial Education Classes offered here at the Voluntary Action Center.  These classes are offered in partnership with Truist.  Applications for Christmas Assistance will only be distributed to class attendees.  

To determine if you're eligible for Christmas Assistance, review the guidelines below:

  • You live in Gordon County, and your school-aged children attend a school located in Gordon County or are homeschooled.  
  • You have not applied for any other Christmas assistance programs.  If you apply for assistance with any other agency or program, your application with the Voluntary Action Center will be denied.

For 2023 the VAC will have spots for 700 children on the Annual Christmas Assistance Program.

Parents can pre-register their children to ensure they are included in this year's program.  

To pre-register attend one of the VAC's Financial Education Classes and bring your Picture ID and a birth certificate or shot record or picture ID for each child.  Parents can pre-reigster beginning on March 1, 2023.

We are proud to partner with AdventHealth EMS to help provide a Marry Christmas to children living in Gordon County.  In addition to providing toys and clothing to children, we also provide a grocery gift card to each family to help with a Christmas meal.  To qualify, parents/guardians must fall within 140% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.  Parents/Guardians are also required to complete two online classes to qualify.  For full program criteria, please review the Christmas Assistance Program Section Below.

Our Operation Happy Christmas Program is only successful each year because of the generosity of our sponsors.  Sponsors can help by making monetary donations or sponsoring a family.  Our sponsorship donors are asked to purchase one complete outfit and two or more non-clothing gifts for the child(ren) they sponsor.  Sponsors receive a sponsorship packet that includes the age, gender, size, and wishlist of each child sponsored.  The packet also includes additional information.  For more information on how you can help provide a Merry Christmas here at home, call our office at 706-629-7283.

Operation Happy Christmas

The Heart of a Caring Community
Voluntary Action Center