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Christmas In Action...Through the Years

(Formerly Christmas in April)

It grew from an idea the size of a mustard seed into a national program that helps thousands each year.

While installing insulation at a CIA location in southern Oakland County, Phil Long and Ed Pedley asked the question why couldn’t we help seniors in our own community?  From there they went to the Village of Holly and the Township of Holly to ask permission to start a Christmas in Action Chapter in Holly to help seniors in need with home repairs.  They agreed and recognized CIA.
Our first workday was held in 2004 with some brave volunteers working on two houses with very little money.  From there we have had the privilege to work on 40+ homes in the community over the last 13 years. 
WORKDAY 2017 will be our 14th year and with your help and support we are going to keep growing and branching out. Giving back to our community is possible because of the wonderful support we have had over the years! 


The seeds for Christmas in April (later named Christmas In Action) were planted in 1972 in Midland, Texas. Local citizen were encouraged to step outside the church walls and work on homes in the community. Since its inception, Christmas in Action has worked on over 10,000 projects nationwide. Thousands have given unselfishly so that others may live in safety, warmth, and independence. What started as a seed of an idea in a Sunday School class has been cultivated into a thriving  nationwide movement!

Our Mission: 

Working together to preserve and revitalize houses in our community assuring that low-income elderly and disabled homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence.

A personal note about the mission of Christmas In Action:

Christmas in Action is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit agency that has successfully implemented the "tried and true" idea of "neighbor helping neighbor" by partnering with the community to repair the homes of low-income and/or disabled homeowners. When CIA's founder, Bobby Trimble, first started this program as a result of a lesson he was teaching to a group of young men in his Sunday School Class (scripture) he realized he had been led to a segment of our society which is,

 for the most part, completely overlooked. Local, state and federal government programs are "out there" for low-income young couples and children, and yet, there are virtually no programs to help the elderly and disabled who are living on fixed incomes. Think of it .. trying to live on Social Security or disability anywhere from $500 - $800/month! Imagine paying for a roof, plumbing, wheelchair ramp, etc., while trying to pay for prescriptions and food on this kind of income. Without Christmas in Action, literally thousands of elderly and disabled homeowners would have been displaced.

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