Events – 2020 Update
We held our First Ever Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the Gainesville Civic Center, hosting nearly 500 of Hall County’s foster children and their amazing caretakers for a day of festive food, fun, and fellowship.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we will be unable to host a public gathering this year. However, we are still providing Christmas gifts to our foster children and need sponsors to commit now to sponsor these Christmas wish lists, host a gift card drive, or make a financial donation so we can make this Christmas magical for the children and families impacted by our child welfare system. If you are interested in becoming one of our Hall is Home for the Holidays Elves for Christmas 2020, please complete the form below and we will contact you with all options to support these efforts.
2020 has proven to be extremely challenging for us all especially those already involved in the child welfare system. Fulfilling a Christmas wish list is one small way to support these wonderful families and help the children in their care have a very Merry Christmas!! Thank you for any contribution you can make to these vital efforts.
If you would like to donate to Hall is Home for Kids, you can do so through Paypal or by Credit Card by using the link below. You can also donate via Cash App by searching for our cash tag $hallishomeforkids.
For our Hall is Home for Kids Foster Care Christmas Project to be successful this year, we are in need of commitments for list sponsors and financial or in-kind donations to cover the cost of the Christmas wish lists for each child, Please consider becoming one of our 2020 Christmas Elves.
Hall is Home for Kids is an initiative of the nationally recognized Refined By Fire Ministries, Inc. Founded in 1989 by Michael and Elain Ellerbe, the organization was incorporated in 1995 as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with an initial mission to provide faith-based programming in adult and juvenile correctional facilities and assisting under-resourced populations.
Hall is Home for Kids for the Holidays was birthed in response to the growing needs of our local child welfare community, particularly those children in the custody of the Hall County Department of Family and Children Services. In addition, Hall is Home for the Holidays makes it a priority to mobilize community partners to meet the needs of the local foster care community and families impacted by the child welfare system. Under the scope of the Hall is Home for the Holidays initiative, employees of the Hall County Department of Family and Children Services have worked cooperatively alongside other stakeholders in the child welfare system, including judges, Court Appointed Special Advocates, attorneys, foster parents, birth families, and other local private and public partners to work cooperatively to secure resources to improve the well-being of children in foster care.
While each of these organizations and individuals have worked tirelessly for many years to ensure that all children in the custody of Hall County DFCS have an abundant and joyful Christmas, these dedicated and committed groups banded together for our inaugural activities in 2019. By streamlining and coordinating efforts, our foster and relative care communities will be even better served in anticipation of Christmas 2020.
In 2019 our inaugural efforts were very successful with Hall is Home for the Holidays providing Christmas gifts for over 450 foster children and hosting a celebration event for all foster and relative caretakers and the children in their care.
While we will not be able to host a large public event in 2020, this year’s efforts will seek to once again fulfill the Christmas wish lists for approximately 450 children and teens in the custody of Hall County DFCS, those in relative care served by DFCS and CASA, and many in the care of their biological parents who have worked hard to preserve and reunify their families.
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