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Established in 1980, the Christmas Clearinghouse coordinates and matches those in the River Region who are in need of holiday assistance with generous individuals in the community to provide toys and gifts for families in need. 

HandsOn River Region uses a three step approach to provide assistance to those in need during the holiday season:

1. Eliminate Duplication of Services- The Christmas Clearinghouse program eliminates duplication of services through direct coordination with similar giving programs in the community.  Partner agencies provide HandsOn River Region with a list of those in need, which is then entered into a single database to ensure all who need assistance receive assistance.

2. Adoption- Join your colleagues, school, club, running buddies, or Sunday school class to divide the shopping for a family in need and multiply the joy. HandsOn River Region can match you with a family in need and provide a wish list for a family.  Go to to adopt a family today.

3. Donate- Resource are limited for many service agencies and many families in need will not receive assistance through a Christmas giving program. The Christmas Clearinghouse goes one step further by providing assistance to those families who do not receive assistance for Christmas through a service agency or are not adopted through our program. A little goes a long way to make our families feel connected and supported. Be a part of the magic which brings peace to over 7,000 people each Christmas by making a donation to the Christmas Clearinghouse and together we will make a child’s Christmas wish a reality.

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