Sponsoring a family is a special experience for Christmas.
It represents sharing in the most Christian way. It is not for everyone. You must be willing to accept that you may not know all the circumstances of the families who have asked for assistance. You must be willing to provide them with compassion and caring and you must be willing to provide some gesture of the offering of Christmas, that there is a gift of love for everyone.
Some families or individuals may ask for more than you can provide. An experienced Christmas Cheer Sponsor Coordinator can help guide you in this decision. You must evaluate your abilities to the needs of the family before accepting that family for sponsoring.
Sponsoring is a commitment of time and a promise to complete this commitment before Christmas day.
Perhaps one of the greatest disappointments the Christmas Cheer committee faces yearly are promises made by sponsors, which are not kept. If you find yourself or group unable to complete this promise, please let us know as soon as possible.
Browse the cases below. These are generalizations of the real facts contained within each case that we offer for sponsoring. Not all cases we serve are offered for sponsoring.
If you see a case you would like to consider for helping, you may email the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Sponsor Line 910-545-6311. Sponsor Coordinator Kathy Bucklew will help you in making a decision if you call.
Do not be discouraged if the case you have considered is unavailable. There are many more cases to be considered. It is best to call the Sponsor Line only, but you may receive general information by using our main number: 347-4646. This line is usually very busy.
An up-to-date list of cases is available at www.onslowco.org and click on Christmas Cheer.
Our deadline for sponsors to adopt cases is December 4.
We have made a commitment to those who are truly needy also and must be able to process their cases, inform them of when an offering for their family is to be received. And this must be done before Christmas. Most of these parents are caring people who become very concerned if they are not able to provide for their children.
If you decide that sponsoring is not for you, or wish to help in other ways, consider the following. Make a donation for a child to the Christmas Cheer program. Bring a new, unwrapped toy, or toys, to the Christmas Cheer Center, located this year at 1210 Hargett Street.
If you prefer to make a financial donation, which we use to purchase special items, you may bring your donation to the Christmas Cheer Center, or mail it to: Christmas Cheer, 600 Court Street, Jacksonville NC 28540.
If you see a case you would like to consider for helping, you may email the coordinator at email@example.com or call the Sponsor Line at 910-581-2473. Sponsor Coordinator Shelly Bishop will help you in making a decision if you call.