St Tammany Project Christmas is a 501c3 charitable corporation which operates on donations of money and gifts from public and private agencies, businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals.
St. Tammany Project Christmas was established in 2002 to give needy children in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana a complete Christmas. Along with gifts for the children, the family receives food, including a gift certificate for a ham, or turkey to share for their family's Christmas meal. Children are accepted for the program if their families qualify under Federal poverty guidelines and the organization consults with other local charities to avoid duplication of services.
In 2015, over 1,550 children from nearly 600 families and 29 seniors across St. Tammany Parish were adopted with a monetary value of toys and cash donations estimated in excess of $140,000. Over 21,000 children have received Christmas gifts since the organization’s inception.
Family focused - Maintaining dignity. For most of us, a special part of our Christmas tradition is about waking to the excitement of Christmas morning, exchanging presents and celebrating with a special meal. Project Christmas isn't just about giving gifts. Project Christmas enables needy families to experience and share Christmas as family. Families pick up their gifts and food baskets several days in advance so their children can be surprised on Christmas Day.
We are stewards who facilitate funds and gifts from the community for Christmas presents and food to persons who meet the guidelines set forth by the organization. We DO NOT provide gifts. we anonymously connect the donating community to the need in the community.
Help to those truly in need. Applicants must provide documentation demonstrating need in order to participate. Applicants also agree not to double-dip by participating in multiple Christmas gift programs. Project Christmas cross checks our recipient list with other programs. If anyone is found to have applied for multiple programs, they are removed from the Project Christmas program.
Who qualifies – Only children, to age 18 and still in school, living with their parents/legal guardians and senior citizens (65 and older) who are residents of St. Tammany Parish will be adopted for gift sponsorship through STPC.
- Valid picture I.D. of applicant
- Original birth certificate for gift recipients
- Social security cards for ALL household members
- Proof of income for ALL household members (Pay-stub, SSI documents, etc.)
- Food stamp eligibility letter or current print out (showing all household members)
- Custody papers (if applicable)
- Proof of high school enrollment (current report card required if child is 18 years old)
Applications will not be accepted without all documentation. If all documentation is received and verified, the applicant is automatically approved. If the application is denied, a letter will be sent explaining the denial. Also, if the family shows up on a list from another church or organization giving Christmas assistance, they will be automatically dropped from Project Christmas.