What is Community Christmas?

Community Christmas, organized by several volunteer individuals and organizations, helps to connect businesses, organizations and individuals who wish to help others in need during the holiday season with families struggling to put food on their tables and provide gifts for their children. By acting collaboratively, we are able to avoid duplication of giving and, therefore, reach a greater number of families.

Who is eligible to apply?

Sandusky County families with:

  • Children ages 12 and under are able to request clothing and toys
  • Seniors, aged 65 or older, may also apply for gifts – this generally includes clothing, personal care items, and household goods.
These eligible families and seniors may also request a holiday meal.


What information is needed on the application?

It is important to fill out the application completely.

We are not able to assist those who do not provide social security numbers, valid addresses and phone numbers, or have not signed the release. Also, all persons requesting assistance living at the same address must be listed on the same application even if it includes multiple families.

Only one application per address will be processed.

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to turn in applications is December 1st at 4:30 pm.

They can be dropped off at the United Way of Sandusky County or the Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services.

Late applications will not be accepted.

How are applicants notified if they are matched with a donor?

Applicants will be notified by mail on or before December 14th as to whether they have been adopted or not and, if so, how the gifts and food will be dropped off or picked up. Not everyone will receive their notices at the same time – notification methods and times depend on who the donors are and if they arrange for delivery on their own. Please do not call to check on the status of an application prior to this date.

How can applicants send thank you notes to their donors?

Please remember that donors purchasing food and gifts for families are giving out of the goodness of their hearts. Sending a thank you note or card showing appreciation for their generosity is strongly encouraged. If donors do not reveal their contact information to their applicants, notes can be sent to the First Call for Help office to be forwarded on to the donors.

If you are a Sandusky County resident in need of assistance with Christmas gifts or a meal, please click the link below.
Please fill out the application completely.

Application for Assistance

**Households MUST include a child 12 and under and/or a senior 65 or older

**Applications can also be picked up at United Way of Sandusky County, DJFS, SC Food Pantry, all county Libraries, and Share & Care Center

If you, your family, or a group you are affiliated with would like to provide Christmas gifts or a meal to Sandusky County residents in need, please click the link below and complete an application.

Application to Adopt