Since its beginning in 1972, Christmas in Action (CIA) has provided hope and action to the low-income elderly and disabled in communities all across the country.
Volunteers unite around a common goal of completing free home repairs for low-income seniors and/or handicapped-elderly homeowners the last Saturday each April. In partnership with the local business community, civic organizations, church groups and schools support this community project. There are many opportunities for you to become involved.
Randy Redmond, president of CIA Holly, said oftentimes the elderly are asset poor and house rich, meaning that it’s too costly for them to maintain their home. Sometimes they have to decide whether to pay for medications or pay for home repairs. “Some are really in need,” Redmond said.
In a single day, a core group of volunteers put on new roofs, install or fix windows, update bathrooms, paint and clean to make homes safer for the residents. “One hundred percent of the money we raise goes to this cause,” Redmond said. “We do it all in a day. It’s pretty cool. The owners are amazed at what we can do and are very thankful.”
CIA Holly intends to work on one or two homes per year. There is a formal application process and Redmond said the hardest part is finding homeowners to ask for our help. “Sometimes they are afraid to ask for help,” he said.
If you know of a senior citizen that is low income or handicapped, 60 years of age or older, and the home they own in the Holly area is in less than perfect condition, call (248) 634-7720. Christmas in Action Holly wants to help.
To qualify for an appointment, residents must be 60 years old or older, own their single family home; reside in Holly Village or Holly or Rose townships, their homeowners insurance must be current, property taxes are current and other assets total less than $10,000.
The deadline to apply is Friday, March 20.
The Christmas in Action Workday is Saturday, April 25. CIA Holly always needs donations for workday such as:
• Food and drinks
• Building materials and paint supplies
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
Workday House Sponsor - $1,500
Become one of their main contributors by sponsoring a whole house. Have your name and or business logo on the sign in front of the workday home. You will also be recognized in all Holly CIA marketing and be prominently displayed on their CIA work shirts.
Shirt Sponsor - $500
Let the volunteers advertise for you. They proudly wear their Christmas in Action T-Shirts on the workday and year around.
Garden Sponsor - $250
They always need mulch and flowers to cheer up the yards of our seniors.
Friends of CIA - any donation
Your gift to Christmas in Action can help year around.
Christmas in Action Holly is hosting its annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for 2020 on Sunday, March 8, from 12 to 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted. The dinner will be held at First Baptist Church of Holly, 15030 N. Holly Rd., Holly.
A golf outing also is set for Sept. 16.
To donate, volunteer or apply for help, go to hollycia.org. Find Christmas in Action Holly on Facebook.