Christmas Cheer


"We do this for the children."

Onslow Christmas Cheer, begun in the early 70’s, helps needy children and their families. Poor children and children with means all see the same commercials and have friends who get good toys and bad toys. So many children want the same type of toys regardless of their families’ economic status. The Onslow community wants children to know the magic of Christmas in the demonstration of our gift to them.

Christmas Cheer starts in October and runs through the last week of December. Gifts are offered for children up to age 12 and if resources are available to teenagers up to age 17.  Also boxes of food are provided to the entire household. 

Christmas Cheer depends on the donations of the community.

Toy Donations: We accept donations most days from 10AM-2PM. We are most in need of toys for boys and girls 10-12 years old.

Food Donations: We are in need of canned meats and staples. The canned meats are needed for families and elderly persons who need to stretch their food pantry.

Monetary Donations: We use funds given to us to purchase specific items that are needed to help the most children and their families. We have a great relationship with area merchants and get great deals that allow us to purchase a specific type of toy or food that may be needed, but which has not been donated.

Volunteer: Most of the volunteer opportunities are during the distribution period. Go to to sign up for a specific shift. We try to reserve the evening hours for students seeking the Sponsors for Academic Talent scholarships, but all are welcome. Sometimes, we simply don’t have anything to sort or for volunteers to do, so calling 910 347-4646 right before your shift will help determine our workload.

Sponsoring: This is the most meaningful exhibition of Christmas spirit. It allows your family, group or organization to connect to a family in need. It’s not for everyone as the range of families seeking sponsorship are as wide as our diverse population and not everyone makes a perfect match. But for those who enter with the belief that helping others in the spirit of Matthew 25 will find the process rewarding. Email:

Location: Christmas Cheer operates at the Future Onslow Community Outreach Services Center, 1210 Hargett Street, Jacksonville. The Center became the permanent home for Christmas Cheer in October 2015. Mail donations and correspondence to Post Office Box 4, Jacksonville, NC 28541.