Registration Requirements

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2017 Hood River County Christmas Project Program Eligibility Requirements

This page outlines the registration process and requirements for families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities to qualify for Christmas Project assistance (holiday food and children’s gifts) during the Christmas holidays.

In 2016, the Hood River County Christmas Project provided assistance to approximately 480 families (1,970+ men, women, and children) within Hood River County.

Registration of Low Income Families

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Each year, families are required to register, in person, for a Christmas food and toy basket with the Hood River County Christmas Project. If you have registered previously, a quick update of your file is all that is needed. Approximately 13 days (November and December) are scheduled for registration (see 2017 registration dates and registration locations). New applicants are asked to show proof of Hood River County residence (Oregon driver's license, power bill, phone bill, or rent receipt), meet State of Oregon Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility standards (previously known as the food stamp program), and show proof of all children living within the home (Oregon Health Plan document, federal income tax papers, local school district report card). A WIC card or Oregon Health Plan document meets the program requirements. A recent pay stub can also help determine if you meet the State of Oregon low-income requirement.

Bilingual Christmas Project volunteers are present during all registration hours. The registration application requests, name, spouse name, address, phone number, and names, age, and gender of children within the household. There are three different food box sizes, depending on the number of individuals living within the household. Each child, 18 years and younger, receives a Christmas present (toys, gift cards, etc.) based on their age and gender. The application also asks each family if it would be OK to have a business or group sponsor their Christmas Basket. In this case, the Christmas Project coordinates with a local sponsor and the sponsor provides the individual food and toy basket. The approved families are given a printed receipt showing the date, time, and location to pick up their food and toy basket.

The 2017 food and children gifts distribution to families will again be at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell (next to Wy’east middle school – 3000 Wy’east Road) on December 15 (Friday) and 16 (Saturday) from 1-6 pm. For Cascade Locks families, distribution will be on December 16 (Saturday) from 12-2 pm at Cascade Locks City Hall.

Registration of Seniors and People with Disabilities

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Each year, the Christmas Project coordinates with DHS caseworkers to mail out Christmas Project applications to their low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities. DHS assists us to verify proof of Hood River County residence, State of Oregon low-income eligibility, and proof of all children living within the home. The Christmas Project volunteers deliver all food and gift baskets to seniors and individuals with disabilities. The approved families are mailed a printed receipt showing the date and time they can expect their basket to be delivered.