2017 Santa Tree

Athens County Children Services is proud to coordinate the 29th annual Santa Tree Project!

To donate directly to the 2017 Santa Tree Project, visit our blogspot: http://athenscountysantaproject.blogspot.com/ 

Each year the Santa Tree project collects enough gifts to brighten the holiday season of over 1,450 children in Athens County. This program helps spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate, and it wholly depends on the generosity of community members. A donation to any one child could be enough to make their holiday season a joyous one.

Community members can contribute to this project by selecting an ornament off of the various Santa Trees within the Athens Community. Each ornament represents one child in need, and it is personalized with their name, age, and holiday wishes. The main Santa Tree will be on display at the Market on State through December 11th. Athens County Children Services will be collecting gifts for this program until December 11th.

Community members are encouraged to take part in this opportunity to spread the love and joy of the holiday season. For more information, please contact Athens County Children Services at (740) 592-3061.

How You Can Help


To donate directly to the 2017 Santa Tree Project, visit our blogspot: http://athenscountysantaproject.blogspot.com/

 You can also support this project by dining at Kiser's Barbecue on East State St. every Tuesday in October!     http://express.kisersbarbeque.com/


Santa Tree Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can my business, family or organization contribute?
    • There are a variety of ways for you to help:
      1. Organization projects – We can accommodate your business or organization’s desire to provide gifts for 10, 50, or 100 children (or any number of your choosing).
      2. Cash donations - Cash donations are also encouraged and used to meet many of these gift requests. Checks should be made out to FRIENDS OF CHILDREN SERVICES, with “Santa Tree Project” included in the memo line of the check.
      3. Assorted new gifts - Many times donors give new toys which are available to meet many of the ‘night before Christmas’ requests that we receive. Often organizations will hold toy drives in order to gather these gifts.
  1. Where are applications available?
    • ACCS building 14, 14 Stonybrook Drive, Athens, OH 45701
    • JFS – County Home, 13183 Ohio 13, Millfield, OH 45761
  2. When is the Public Application Period? 
  • October 30 - November 3        
  1. What do applicants need to bring with them
    • Photo ID
    • SS cards for ALL children being signed up
    • Proof of income
  2. Who can sign kids up?
    • ONLY the custodial parent or guardian can sign their children up
  3. Can applications be taken home, taken to a friend?
    • Applications have to be filled out, in person, at ACCS or JFS
  4. When is the gift pick up?
    • Tuesday, December 20th, The Market on State, 9:00 am, first come first serve
  5. Where is gift pick up?
    • The Market on State, 1002 E State St, Athens, OH 45701. Formerly known as the University Mall. The end near Tractor Supply and the kiddie play area.
  6. Where can people drop off their gifts?
    • Please drop gifts off at the Market on State. We assure our community that the bin is checked MANY times a day.
  7. Do the gifts need to be wrapped?
    • Gifts do not need to be wrapped. Families will be provided with a roll of wrapping paper.



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