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Onslow Community Outreach Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer

Helping Local Families In Need At Christmas For Over 50 Years

The Onslow Christmas Cheer is a vital community program that has demonstrated our community’s generosity and charitable spirit over the holidays. Our Christmas Cheer program helps provide Christmas meals and gifts for those families that struggle to afford these things. Depending entirely on the charity and goodwill of our community, we seek to make sure as many families in our community can have a special Christmas. For families that qualify, Christmas Cheer offers food for the entire household, gifts for children up to 12, and, if resources are available, help teenagers up to 17 year olds. All donations to the Onslow Christmas Cheer will be used for families in need.

Christmas Cheer operates at the Future Onslow Community Outreach Services Center, 1210 Hargett Street, Jacksonville with Mail Donations and Correspondence to Post Office Box 4, Jacksonville, NC 28541.

Please visit our Walmart Registry and Amazon Wishlist to directly purchase items to help change a child’s life today.

Toy Donations

We will accept donations of toys for boys and girls 0-12 years old. Popular examples of previous donations include:

  • Books, Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Dolls & Action Figures
  • Bikes & Skateboards
  • Sports Equipment
  • Board Games & Card Games
  • Backpacks
  • Art, Jewelry, Nail, Craft, & Model Kits
  • Cosmetics
  • Toy Cars & Trucks
  • Building Blocks and/or Legos
  • Wallets & Purses
  • Journals
  • Wireless Headphones
  • Wireless Speakers
  • Hair Dryers
  • Gift Cards
Please bring donations to 1210 Hargett St, Jacksonville, NC 28540; Mon-Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.

Cash Donations

We use funds given to us to purchase specific items that are needed to help the most children and their families. Our tremendous partnership with area merchants grants us the ability to purchase, at reduced cost, a specific type of toy or food that may be needed, but which has not been donated.

Please consider a donation this year as we will be able to turn it into assistance to these families in need.

You can mail a donation to PO Box 4, Jacksonville NC 28541-0004 or select the Donate Button below.

Food Donations

We are in need of dry and canned food donations, known as nonperishable goods.

Especially helpful food items include:

  • Canned fruit in light juice
  • Canned vegetables with low sodium
  • Canned fish
  • Canned meat
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Olive and/or Canola oil
  • Pasta, preferably whole grain
  • Rice, preferably brown
  • Applesauce

More items can be found on lists by:

Feeding America

Taste of Home


Please bring donations to 1210 Hargett St, Jacksonville, NC 28540; Mon-Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.


Click here to sign up for a specific shift.

All are welcome to volunteer, but please note:

  • Most of the volunteer opportunities are during the distribution period
  • We try to reserve the evening hours for students seeking the Sponsors for Academic Talent scholarships

Sometimes, we don’t have anything to sort or for volunteers to do, so calling 910-347-4646 right before your shift will help determine our workload.

2021 Christmas Cheer Impact

Familes Served
In Toys Donated
Gifts Given
Food Boxes Distributed
Food Items Received


The most meaningful exhibition of Christmas spirit, a sponsorship allows your family, group or organization to connect to a family in need. Due to COVID-19 concerns, we can offer contact free options where we will contact the family for you.

Sponsoring is not for everyone as the range of families seeking sponsorship are as wide as our diverse population and not everyone makes a perfect match. However, for those who, in the spirit of Matthew 25, enter with the belief that helping others will find the process rewarding.

Information on families who need sponsorship this year can be found here.

For more details:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 252-503-1014 

or 252-503-6382