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Clay County assistance programs

Get help with Christmas and holiday gifts

The Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry sponsors the Clay County Christmas Assistance Program. This program offers families a way to be able to provided their kids and loved ones with Christmas and holiday gifts. Prior to this program being created the lack of assistance was in many cases leading to some children and families in the community not receiving any holiday gifts. Also, prior to one standard program being developed in many cases people were receiving Christmas gifts from more than one organization and sadly other families were receiving no assistance for any programs or organization.

Now, with the development of a countywide application for any type of Christmas assistance program, and also by better coordinating with the many providers of assistance, the county has been able to provide some type of assistance at Christmas to more families who are in need.

While the program is not perfect by any means, and after being around for a number of years, some organizations, groups, and charities are still unaware of the program and its primary function.

When someone decides to apply to the Clay County Christmas Assistance Program, each applicant will acknowledge that their application does not guarantee assistance. For example, unfortunately what occurred in 2008 is that there were a number of families who failed to return the application for assistance in by the deadline, they failed to apply, or they returned it to the wrong place. Some of the families were instead  assisted by the Brazil Police Department through their Shop-With-A-Cop program.

The program is very extensive. In 2008 they assisted approximately 340 families in Clay County with 767 minor children, and were able to provide them with holiday gifts. If this programs doesn’t meey your needs or if you can’t qualify, find other holiday and Christmas programs.

The program is always looking for donations. If your church, agency, organization or anyone would like to contribute to this county wide Christmas Assistance Program effort, call (812) 446-4357 for more details, or to apply to the program.





By Jon McNamara

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