World Relief Refugee Christmas Project 2012 Each year, World Relief Jacksonville's Refugee Christmas Project pairs sponsors with newly arrived refugees to the city of Jacksonville. These refugees arrive in America with little personal belongings, sometimes only a bag of clothes. We want to help spread the Christmas cheer by providing joy to their new season of life.

Sponsors help refugees experience a warm welcome for their first Christmas in America by providing Christmas gifts. Gifts can be new or gently used and may be personally delivered [December 15th between 10am - 2pm] or dropped off at World Relief [December 10th-14th]. We can match you with refugees from Cuba, Colombia, Burma, Bhutan, Eritrea, Iran, IraN

Project Description—Each Refugee is sponsored for their first Christmas in America - In 2012 that's about 400 individuals.

Sponsors—Churches, Businesses, Schools, Volunteers

What is SponsorshipPRAY for the family as they try to find work, learn English, go to school, and seek community in Jacksonville. Give new and gently-used suggested items to meet needs & bring joy. DELIVER personally deliver gifts to refugee’s home [Dec. 15th between 10am -2pm] drop off at World Relief office [Dec. 10th-14th].

Time Line

October 19th thru December 7th –promotion, recruitment, follow up

December 10th  —Deadline for Sponsorship December 15th

Distribution Weekend [gifts to be delivered by Sponsors this weekend to refugees homes]

***for those Friendship Partners who would like to deliver another time, they will be responsible to make other arrangements with their refugee friend

***for those who want to drop off gifts to World Relief office, drop off December 10th-14th8:30am till 4:30pm [must be labeled] There will be a Christmas Container downstairs for Sponsors to drop off their gifts

***donations of gift cards are a good option for those not able to shop