Onslow County outreach program works to give families a normal Christmas

Local outreach organization affected by the pandemic
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 6:24 PM EST
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Onslow Community Outreach says it needs help with donations for its annual Onslow Christmas Cheer donation drive.

The Onslow Christmas Cheer program was started in the early 1970s to provide toys, food, and other resources to children from birth to age 12 as well as their families in need.

Directors with the organization say they help 2,500 children a year on average, and 5,000 people in total. However, they predict more families in need this year due to financial challenges from COVID-19.

Onslow Community Outreach recently purchased a building it will use this year for the donation drive.

“Every year for the last 20 years, we had to find a place for Christmas Cheer,” Littlejohn said, in reference to community members needing to donate building space for the donation drive in years past.

Families in need will be able to walk through the building this year with a designated assistant once renovations are finished to receive food items and toys for Christmas.

“We always love cash. We also look for sponsors for families if you have a need or a want to sponsor a family, you can do that as well. We really want to help those families that have had lots of hardships this year, we want to make Christmas extra special for them,” Littlejohn said.

Donations will be accepted at the Christmas Cheer Center located at 1210 Hargett St. in Jacksonville.

Donors can adopt a family in need to provide items tailored to the needs of specific families.

Donors can buy toys online and have them delivered to the Christmas Cheer Center. Those in need can apply from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations will also be accepted on the Onslow Community Outreach website.

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