Holiday Support for the Community
It is the mission of the Gingerbread House to ensure that, “Every child in Washington County will have the opportunity to experience the lasting, cherished memories of Christmas”. We achieve this mission by reaching out to individuals and families in Washington County who do not have adequate resources to meet their basic needs, or celebrate the holiday season.
Sponsoring groups, families and organizations take pride in filling their "adopted" family's basic needs, as well as providing special treats and gifts for individual family members. This seasonal program has been warmly embraced by the entire community and is quickly becoming a local holiday tradition.
Please note the 2019 Gingerbread House Signup Dates listed on the " Events" page or for a printable list of dates, click here: Gingerbread Sign Up Dates 2019.
County Served: Washington
Population Served: Washington County families in need
Program Availability: Registration begins in September, with distribution in December
Referral Requirements: Self or professional referral (documentation required)
Please download 2019 Sign Up Packet and bring completed forms to Gingerbread Sign Up!
Become a Gingerbread Volunteer!
The Gingerbread House Program does not exist without the dedication and support of volunteers! There are opportunities to volunteer in almost every aspect of the program.
Gingerbread House Helpers
Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles throughout December. Volunteer needs include:
Set Up Crew: Set up tables, unload items, transport items from storage to Gingerbread House location. Organize space and tape borders for family gifts. Some heavy lifting may be involved.
Gift Runners (Drop Off): Organize and sort donations, assist sponsors in unloading vehicles. Some lifting may be required.
Donation Check In: Greet sponsors and donors, accept donations, track donations and data entry.
General Store Shopkeepers: Organize basic needs items and gently used clothing, household items and other donations. Assist participants in selecting items. Ensure all families have access to General Store donations.
Gift Runners (Pick Up): Greet participating individuals and families, locate gifts, assist families in loading vehicles with their gifts.
Family Gift Check Out: Greet participants, verify family number and information, communicate with gift runners, record pick-ups and data entry.
Santa's Workshop Helpers: Sort and organize general donations, utilize family wish lists to gather items for unsponsored families.
Clean Up Crew: Pack up materials for storage, take down decorations, assist nonprofit agencies in securing items to support families through programming, clean floors and bathrooms.
If interested in becoming a Gingerbread House Helper, please sign up through this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044CACA82AABFA7-gingerbread2
Sponsor a Family
The Gingerbread House Program could not exist without the generous support of our sponsors. Returning sponsors have become our cherished friends and new sponsors are always needed. Many of our sponsors choose to be matched directly to an individual or family in need, and shop for items on their Wish List that will provide joy and holiday cheer. Other sponsors prefer to show their support by making a monetary donation, or by purchasing new items to be used in “Santa’s Workshop.”
If you are interested in sponsoring a family, please complete the Sponsor Information Form and return to email@example.com.
Businesses are welcome to host gift & toy drives and/or sponsor families as well. If you are unsure how you would like to structure your drive, please reach out to Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options and ideas.