Jingle Bell Express

Jingle Bell Express began as one of the first outreach programs of the Christian Community Service Center. In 1980, volunteers got together to act as “Santa’s Helpers,” making dreams of Christmas a reality for 40 needy families. Due to the resounding support of many wonderful Houstonians, this program has blossomed. In December 2016, holiday joy reached 910 families and their 2,776 children through Jingle Bell Express.

Jingle Bell Express is unique in comparison to other Christmas programs, as it is organized in a manner where parents “shop” for their children. We believe that this design lends dignity to families. Each parent chooses one or two toys and new books for each child. In addition, the entire family receives a holiday food package.

Children in need who live in our 33-zip code service area, up to age 15, are eligible for enrollment. At Registration in early October, parents demonstrate financial need and proof of residency.

Held annually in December, Jingle Bell Express involves hundreds of volunteers. Help is needed in every phase of the program from registering clients, organizing toys, setting up the ‘store’, and even helping parents select toys. Many churches, local companies and individuals donate goods and in-kind services for this tremendous undertaking, and CCSC can always use more contributors.

For more information regarding Jingle Bell Express, contact the Youth Services Manager at 713.961.3993 ext. 215 or seasonal@ccschouston.org