Fort Gordon Christmas House to start accepting applications
The Fort Gordon Christmas House program will begin accepting applications Oct. 1. Applications will be available online at www.gordon.army.mil/acs. Applications completed online must be printed to obtain the commander’s approval. Active duty personnel should check with the unit first sergeant or battalion Christmas House representative for details.
Unaccompanied military families, retirees, Reserve component Soldiers on orders for 30 days or more can pick up applications at Army Community Service, the Religious Support Office and the Fort Gordon Service Club’s Thrift Shop.
The deadline is Nov. 15, early submission is encouraged.
In 1966 a group of Army nurses started the Christmas House program by placing a teddy bear in the arms of military children whose fathers were serving in Vietnam. The program has evolved through the years, but its mission remains the same - to assist service members with providing a traditional winter holiday celebration for their families.
The Fort Gordon Christmas House program is supported through donations and volunteer enthusiasm. Military units, private organizations, and local merchants raise donations.
The number of families receiving assistance is determined by the amount of funds donated to the program. Since the program’s inception, more than 300 military families and 800 children are supported each year. The theme for 2013 is “A Little Bit of Holly but a Whole Lot of Jolly.”
Families will be notified Nov. 27 of their status whether approved or disapproved. Approved applicants will be given an appointment date and time to shop at Christmas House. A commissary gift certificate will also be issued to supplement the holiday meal.
There will be an open house 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Christmas House, located in front of Gym 6, to witness how the donations are utilized to support military families. Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance during the annual ceremony.