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Hope for Christmas

celebrating 11 Years!

Our 11th year...HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS 2021!

    As most of you know, Hope for Christmas helps the families that fall between the cracks. Our families are referred by doctors, nurses, clinics, hospitals, churches, funeral homes and social service agencies. The families we help do NOT qualify for the other help at Christmas. As you know, Hope for Christmas families are much like you & I. They are people you work with, sit next to in church, your children attend school with....the people you see everyday. But unlike you and I they have suffered a traumatic health issue (cancer, etc), house fire, death or other serious issue that prevents them from being able to provide Christmas for their family this year.

That's where YOU come in !!

    Together WE provide a very special Christmas for these families and senior citizens.  Help is provided only one (1) time for Christmas and ALL stories are confirmed.  To keep up with this program, check here or our facebook page:

To kick things off:

    From now through October 15th we have a match for your donations!  So if you donate $25, it immediately becomes $50.

This goes a long way in helping a family or senior citizen at Christmas!

    You may donate via the "Make a Donation" button here on our website, by bringing it by our office at:

 1406 Missouri Blvd, Suite H in the Jefferson Plaza (call first to ensure someone is there. 573-353-4720),

or mail it to:  Hope for Christmas c/o Redeem Project Ministry P.O.Box 105276. Jefferson City MO 65110.

    If you, your family, church group, business, co-workers, friends, etc. want to adopt a family, let us know! Family/Senior stories begin very soon! We cannot do this without YOU! Help to give a family or senior "HOPE" for Christmas. Our phone is: 573-353-4720 Email is: Website: Facebook Page is:  Physical Address: 1406 Missouri Blvd Suite H (Jefferson Plaza) Mailing Address: P.O.BOX 105276, Jefferson City Mo 65110.

    If you would like someone to speak at your church, to your business, or organization, let us know and we'll have one of our Co-Chairs, our Founder, or one of our long-time volunteers do that for you! 

    If you have questions, contact either of our Co-Chairs: Mindy Ulstad or Derrick Smith or the office.  Thank you and God Bless You!

For 11 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.

2020 Hope for Christmas Co-Chairs Announced !

    Staff Sergeant Derrick Smith is excited to be a part of Hope For Christmas this year! He and his wife, Sara, have been married for 14 years and have two children. Derrick has been living in the Jefferson City area since 2007. He and his family are members of Concord Baptist Church.
    Derrick has been serving in the U.S. Army since 2000. He has been an Army Civilian since 2005. He has been deployed twice, to multiple locations. Most recently, he was deployed for the majority of 2019. He is currently a firefighter at Fort Leonard Wood.
    Since this is his first year partnering with Hope For Christmas, he is excited to help the community in a new way.

    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 23 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 five 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 with the Redeem Project Ministry, which provides education and training to assist residents of Section 8 Housing to achieve their dream of home ownership and lifelong financial security.
    Mindy has been involved with Hope for Christmas 10 of the 11 years! And has served in a leadership capacity 5 of those years!