Christmas a Go for Gifford Youth Achievement Center Thanks to Community’s Generosity

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Written by Stephanie Nelson

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Jemel Baxter, Theresa Baxter and LaJohnathan Harris delivered 72 homecooked meals for Christmas
Christmas gift bags for homebound seniors

It’s no secret that many families were feeling an extra crunch on their wallets this Christmas due to pandemic pressures, so the Gifford Youth Achievement Center wanted to make Christmas a go for the Center’s 80 afterschool students and 80 homebound seniors.

Thanks to years-long partnerships with local donors and organizations and a few new partnerships, Christmas brought joy, presents and homecooked meals.

Keeping with tradition, GYAC students were treated to their annual Christmas party, complete with games, crafts, food. Santa made a special appearance to present a gift to each student.

Theresa Baxter, GYAC’s Senior Programs Coordinator prepared, packaged and delivered home cooked meals with elves, Jemel Baxter and LaJohnathan Harris. With the community’s help, Baxter was able to assemble and distribute more than 50 gift bags filled with toiletries, non-perishables snacks and a few comfort items to local homebound seniors.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to offer comfort and joy, despite the challenges of COVID-19, and look forward to the time when we can all gather together once again,” said Barbara Pearce, GYAC Executive Assistant.

For more information about GYAC and the Center’s afterschool and adult and senior programs, visit

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