CARTERET COUNTY -- "Project Christmas Cheer" is now taking applications in Carteret County. The effort kicked off on Monday. The program works with churches, businesses and community members to assist families with gifts for children and the elderly during the holidays.
Families needing assistance can apply at First United Methodist Church between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Morehead City over the next six weeks. Organizers say last year more than 900 applications were received, and they expect even more this year.
"Having 927 people come in for help last year...that lets you know what the need is in Carteret County. For "Project Christmas Cheer" to be a part of that along with a lot of other organizations, it means a lot to us," said Coordinator Vicki Daniels.
Single mom Rosanna McDowell works as a cashier at a department store. She is thankful for a little extra help to provide for her family. This is her second year applying to be a part of the program.
"Last year, they got him toys that I would have never been able to get him, more diapers...they just really helped me out," said McDowell.
The following information is needed for families interested in applying for assistance:
- Driver's license
- Social security cards
- Contact telephone number
- Proof of income
- Electric bill or letter from the person paying the bill
- School name and grade for each school aged child
- Clothing sizes for the children living in the home
- Children’s needs for Christmas
- Social worker's name and the amount of food stamps
For those interested in adopting a child or family, contact "Project Christmas Cheer" between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 252-247-7275 or select an angel from five angel trees around the county.
Locations include Captain Bill's Seafood, One Harbor Church and Verizon Wireless in Morehead City and Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church in Atlantic Beach and Smyrna Pentacostal Church in Smyrna.