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For 9 years, HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS has devoted its energy during the Christmas Season to passionately advocating for those in need.  Find out how you can contribute to the future of someone in need through donations of money, adopting a family or individual and/or donating your time to wrap gifts, shop for gifts or deliver gifts.



Julie Smith

Hope for Christmas 2018 Co-Chair

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Mindy Ulstad

Hope for Christmas 2018 Co-Chair

Our 8th HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS is behind us, and we are on our way to a great start to our 9th!   Thanks to YOU, Hope for Christmas 2017, was able to help 607 Families and 82 Senior Citizens!  That was all done because of YOU!

Our Co-Chairs, Brenda and Greg Carrell were such a tremendous inspiration last year!  They have been involved with HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS for several years and did not disappoint as the Co-Chairs!  Thank you again, Brenda and Greg for your support, hard work and creativity to HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS, 2017!

Now it’s time to announce the
HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS 2018 Co-Chairs!  I am so excited to finally be able to share this news with you!  It’s been very difficult to keep this a secret!

Our HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS 2018 (9TH YEAR) CO-CHAIRS ARE:  Julie Smith and Mindy Ulstad!  Two of my very favorite people in the world!  They have both been involved with HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS for several years and have served in several capacities.

Julie is of course, hardly a stranger to anyone in this area.  Julie and I have been friends for almost as long as I’ve been in the Jefferson City area and I am honored that she accepted the invitation to help us in this capacity!  There are so many wonderful things I could say about Julie, but I’ll let her bio speak for itself:

“Hello, I’m Julie Smith. (What? Johnny Cash was already taken!)  I am from a large family right here in Jefferson City.  While I was growing up, we children always received something in the way of gifts for Christmas. It may not have always been exactly what I wanted, but I did get something I needed so I never went without. 

In my nearly 28 years of being a photojournalist, I’ve seen children not get anything as their parents struggled or I’ve seen them choose items for a parent or sibling when they were given an opportunity to get something for themselves.

As difficult as it is for the children to understand, it’s heartbreaking to see hard-working parents and/or grandparents not be able to provide something and have seen just how hard it is on the adults too.

I firmly believe in the mission of this organization, which is to see that these clients have real ‘Hope’ for Christmas.  I’ve volunteered during the Christmas season in previous years and really enjoy the opportunity to serve others.  The great joy that comes from it is seeing the grateful faces that show up to collect gifts or the hugs and smiles I receive upon delivery.

HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS uses 100% of the monetary donations for the intended use and that helps solidify my belief in the quality of and Vicki’s dedication to this program.”

How are you going to be able to say “no” to that kind of heart and dedication?  Julie is one of the most caring, loving people in the world.  But I also know her to stand for things she truly believes in.  I’ve seen her dress as Santa Claus to deliver gifts for HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS.  I’ve watched her eyes light up as the parents pick up their gifts and realize for at least a little while, they no longer have to think about cancer or treatments or grief.  I’ve seen her run out of the room to hide her tears; and I’ve watched her excitedly load her vehicle with gifts to deliver.  We are excited to have Julie as a Co-Chair this year!

The other half of our
HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS 2018 Co-Chair team is also someone who is very familiar with exactly what we do and believe as she has been involved from the very first year!  She has previously served in several capacities from wrapping gifts, to adopting families, to coordinating the families her office adopted to being the co-chair a few years ago….and she was so good, we asked her to help us again!  She was instrumental in helping us add Senior Citizens to our program and we are excited to have her on board again!

Mindy Ulstad holds a BS in Psychology from Lincoln University and is a long-time resident of Mid-Missouri. She has worked for the State of Missouri for almost 22 years, beginning her career in Child Services, where she completed investigations of child abuse and neglect and provided services to families to help keep children safe and healthy. Ms. Ulstad worked for five years in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, where her work in the Medicaid Fraud Prevention unit resulted in millions of dollars of public funds being recovered.

Ms. Ulstad has worked for the Division of Senior and Disability Services as an Aging Program Specialist for four years where she provides technical assistance to the Area Agencies on Aging develops the Missouri State Plan on Aging, acts as the Assistant State Program Director for the Senior Community Service Employment Program, and leads the Division’s initiatives for the Older Adult Oral Health Collaborative and Business Acumen Collaborative.

Ms. Ulstad is a founding member of the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association and still donates her time fundraising as well as mentoring older youth and young adults who are aging out of the foster care system. Ms. Ulstad is currently a board member of the Family Self Sufficiency program, which provides education and training to assist residents of the Section 8 Housing Voucher Program achieve their dream of home ownership and lifelong financial security.

PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING JULIE SMITH AND MINDY ULSTAD AS THE CO-CHAIRS OF HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS, 2018!

As of Saturday, September 15th, we once again have a
MATCHING DONOR for all donations through October 31st.  This is above and beyond our matching program that begins November 1st – so essentially, if you donate monetarily between now and December 5th, your donation WILL BE MATCHED!

If you would like further information on the
HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS 2018 PROGRAM, our MATCHING DONATIONS, or anything else, please let us know via email at:  hopeforchristmas@yahoo.com or via Facebook message at facebook.com/HopeForChristmasJeffCityMO or you may call 573-353-4720 and we'll respond ASAP.​ If you’d like to mail or donate via the web, go to our website:  www.hopeforchristmasjcmo.org where you may make a donation via PayPal by clicking the red "Make a Donation" tab near the top of the page (you do not have to have a PayPal Account to use this).  Or you may send a check to: Hope for Christmas  c/o Redeem Project Ministry  P.O. Box 105276  Jefferson City MO 65110.

IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO DONATE FOR HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS!   IF YOU DONATE AND IT IS DESIGNATED FOR "HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS", IT WILL REMAIN IN THAT ACCOUNT FOR USE ONLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF HELPING WITH "HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS".  100% OF YOUR DONATION IS USED FOR THE PROGRAM YOU DESIGNATE IT FOR.  $0.00 IS USED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OR OPERATIONAL EXPENSES.  That is a rare thing for a charity, but it is definitely something we are very proud of!  Very few can say that!

Thank you for helping to give our families “HOPE” for Christmas! You are a blessing! 100% of your donation goes to help those in need.

Our families are like you and I.  They work every day, so they don’t qualify for other types of assistance.  Because of some traumatic event in their lives in the last 6-8 months, they are unable to take care of their family for Christmas.  They may be suffering from cancer or some other serious or terminal health issue or one of their children is suffering from something; they may have suffered from the death of one of the parents or a child; but for whatever reason, they are unable to provide Christmas this year.  All of our families are referred to us by their doctor, nurses, hospital, pastor, place of employment, etc. and all stories are checked out and confirmed.  We only help a family one time.  95% of the families return the next year to help others – and many have been volunteers prior to them needing help themselves!  Many have lost hope in receiving help.  Many have just plain lost hope in most everything, but because of YOU, they can receive HOPE for Christmas!