Jubilee Christmas, a local holiday assistance program of CONNECTIONS, works with churches, businesses and the community to provide presents for children birth through age 15 in Daviess County. Children are referred to Jubilee Christmas by someone who knows the family such as a school, church, Day Care, Social Service Agency etc. Jubilee Christmas served 135 families with 353 children in 2019 with over 400 volunteers helping to make the event possible.
Jubilee Christmas for birth through age 10 is held at 12 sites on the same night. Each site has a welcome, refreshment , shopping and gift wrap area. Families are assigned to a site and shop for three gifts for each child age 1 through 10; babies under one receive a gift and diaper vouchers. The families wrap their gifts and take them home to put under their tree.
The Jubilee Christmas teen event is for children age 11 through 15. The children are taken shopping with a set amount of money to spend. They may purchase items that can be worn on their body such as clothes, shoes, and personal hygiene items. Each child has a mentor with them to help choose sizes and keep track of their spending so they don't go over the set amount. The mentor helps them with comparative shopping and budgeting while making the outing fun.
Families also receive a voucher from a local merchant to be used for food, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies.
Jubilee Christmas is funded by many individuals, churches, businesses, sororities, clubs and agencies, as well as grants from: Knights of Columbus and Daviess-Martin REMC.