Capturing the true spirit of the holidays at Overly's Country Christmas®
For many, the charitable endeavors of Overly’s Country Christmas® are the most important part of what we do.
"Family Moments" . . . the Beginning
In 2000, a pilot group of social and human service agencies met with our volunteers and representatives of Overly’s Country Christmas® to assist us in evaluating our community outreach efforts for Lights for Little Ones. Based on the information gathered with the focus groups, we became aware that one of the greatest needs was to have an environment, atmosphere and facility that lent itself to family bonding and communication.
As a family-focused organization which creates holiday memories and traditions for thousands of visitors each year, we felt confident that we could provide the type of opportunity that the agencies requested. During our 2001 Season, the “Family Moments Programs” were introduced.
"Family Moments" . . . Today
Today, the "Family Moments" programs are administered through a partnership with the Tickets For Kids Foundation, serving low income and at-risk families in Westmoreland, Fayette, Somerset and Allegheny Counties and providing approximately 1500 children yearly with a memorable holiday experience. Additionally, Overly's provides a similar program to kids with life-threatening illnesses and terminally-ill patients and their families.
Thousands of families and children have had the opportunity to visit Christmas Village as guests of the “Family Moments Holiday Packages” program. This program provides families with admission to the light display, tasty treats from the Christmas Village eateries and an evening of country-style, old-fashioned fun.
Lending a Hand . . .
Providing support to other organizations' missions is another aspect of Overly’s community outreach. Excess food products from the holiday season and other events are donated to local women’s and children’s shelters, homeless shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens for distribution to those in need of food assistance.
Throughout the year, Overly’s Country Christmas® partners with local, nonprofit organizations to help bring about awareness for their missions and with others during the holidays, to provide an opportunity to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys, nonperishable food items, and pet food during the holidays through Share the Magic.
Working Year 'Round . . .
Since 1994, Overly’s Country Christmas® has worked with the Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation Department. While learning team building and life skills, these troubled youths can give back to our community and help us to continue to provide holiday memories and traditions to everyone in our community. On a year round basis, these troubled youths give back approximately 1000 hours of community service working with us