Christmas in July Community Project

Here’s an opportunity to return to your childhood years and to make a difference in a local family’s 2019 Christmas season. Think back to the joy and excitement of Christmas morning as you watch your parents and siblings open their presents. What would you have liked to have given them on this special day?

What we’re asking is that you go home and go through your “stuff” keeping in mind that you are a child looking for that special gift for your parents and siblings. What catches your eye? 

Let your imagination run wild! Remember you are a kid searching for opportunity to give something special to your parents, brothers and sisters. Think outside the box!!!  We're accepting your donations now!

  • Aftershave
  • Perfume
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Costume Jewelry (Flashy is Fine!)
  • Kitchen gadgets
  • “Fun” Coffee Cups
  • Journal books
  • Family Night Games
  • Kids Movies 
  • Bible
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Sports Equipment
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Art supplies
  • Trinkets and doodads
  • Pocketbooks
  • Art supplies

Items for dads are something we didn't have as much of last year. Here are a few ideas:  ties, tools, coffee mugs, sports water bottles, slippers, socks, scarves, etc. 

Parents like to give kids items like coloring books, crayons, jump ropes, etc. Small items to put in stockings would be appreciated. Games, children's books, soccer balls, footballs, puzzles, dolls etc were a big hit last year.

History of Christmas in July
On December 9th, 2017 Wrightsboro United Methodist Church (3300 N Kerr Ave) hosted a wonderful event called “Christmas Extravaganza". It offered many different opportunities to the folks in the community.  They served a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee, and orange juice in our Fellowship Hall, where there was a very special appearance by Santa Claus. They were blessed with many, many wonderful donations of toys, games, clothing, household goods, puzzles, books, pocketbooks, candles, jewelry, etc. With all these amazing donations from many generous people in our community, we were able to offer two free gift shops — one for the kids shopping for their family, and another for the parents/adults shopping for their kids. We even had a room set up with a free gift wrapping station. There also was a separate room filled with free children’s clothing that blessed many families. There was another room filled with all kinds of Christmas decorations, ornaments, lights, etc. There were tables set up where the kids could do crafts such as making Christmas cards and ornaments. We estimate we had over 200 people come through our doors and be blessed with the outpouring of all the donations from the community. It was amazing to see so many people volunteer their time, talents, and gifts!! It was a true blessing to be able to assist so many during this special time of year!

Unity of Wilmington is proud to be a partner in this endeavor with Wrightsboro United Methodist Church.  Unity's team is being led by Johnny Johnson who is assisted by Linda Kuharcik, Cynthia Rogers, and Dean Gattone.