It is held in May and Clay County public high school students are presented with college scholarships to St. Johns River State College and the University of North Florida. The number and amounts of the scholarships vary based on the needs of the particular student.
The 37th Annual Christmas Party for Clay County’s underprivileged children will be held on Saturday, December 15th, 2018. It will be held at the Clay County Fairgrounds, 2497 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs from 8:00 A.M. until 12 noon.
The Christmas Party is open to any Clay County resident. Santa is on hand for any child who would like to visit him. Each child from newborn thru fourteen years old receives a bag of three new toys based on age and gender. The child may then select one used toy, and free clothing is available for the entire family, thanks to a partnership with the Orange Park Clothes Closet. Bikes are given away on a first come, first serve basis. Hot dogs, popcorn and cokes are provided. Entertainers perform Christmas carols for the enjoyment of both the volunteers and the participants. Although the line can be long, it generally moves quickly and the Party will not end until everyone in line receives gifts. The outside gates will close promptly at 12 noon.
Are there any requirements or registration needed to attend the Christmas Party for Underprivileged Children?
The only requirements are the following:
- Children must be between the ages of newborn and fourteen years old.
- Children must be present to receive gifts. No exceptions.
- Participants must be Clay County residents.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult.
What will the participants receive at the Party?
Children will receive one bag of new toys based on their age and gender. Each child may also select one used toy. Free clothing is also available for the whole family. Bicycles are given out on a first come, first serve basis. There is a limit of one bike per family. There are also hot dogs, cokes and popcorn given to the whole family.
Where can I drop off toys and bikes that I want to donate to the Charity?
New and gently used toys may be dropped off at any Clay County Fire Station or Ronnie Robinson’s located at 3170 US Highway 17, Green Cove Springs. For bike donations, please call Richard Knoff at (904) 699-1072. Toys can also be dropped off at Chick-fil-A on count road 220 in Fleming Island.
What are the guidelines for the toys that are donated?
All toys must be unwrapped. We do not accept any toy guns, new or used. If you are donating a new toy and it needs batteries, please tape the batteries to the gift.
What if I have a bike to donate but it needs some minor repairs?
We will still take it. We have volunteers that repair all bikes that are donated.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
All volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
Here is a video from our 2016 Christmas Party!
This year’s Annual Dinner and Auction will be held on Friday, November 9th, 2018 at the Thrasher Horne Center beginning at 6:30. The dress is cocktail attire and there is a wonderful dinner, silent and live auction.
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