Each November, Emmaus House sponsors a Thanksgiving at Home program for our neighbors in Peoplestown.

We provide 350 households with turkeys and groceries so that they may have a Thanksgiving meal to prepare and enjoy at home. 

We need donations of bags filled with ingredients to make Thanksgiving side dishes. Please deliver bags of sides to Emmaus House between Nov 17 and 21.

Each bag should contain the following:

  • 2 Cans of String Beans (English cut)
  • 2 Cans of Corn
  • 2 Cans of Peas
  • 1 Can of Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 Boxes of Muffin Mix
  • 1 Large Bag of Stuffing
  • 1 Box of Brownie Mix
  • 1 Bag of Rice (1 lb.)

Please place all of the sides for each household into a brown paper bag with handles. If your church or organization needs bags, please contact Ann Fowler at annfowler@emmaushouse.org or 404-523-2856 ext. 25, and we will provide them.

Our actual distribution date for the Thanksgiving at Home program will be November 24 from 7-2.

Thank you so much for donating this holiday season! We couldn’t do it without you.

Christmas Family Partnerships

Individuals, families, and groups partner with families from Peoplestown.  Partners purchase gifts and household supplies (Emmaus House will supply a list of household needs) and deliver them to the family or arrange delivery through Emmaus House. Partners should expect to spend between $75 and $150 per person in the family (includes household needs, clothing, and gift).

Please deliver gifts to Emmaus House by December 21.

Contact Ann Fowler, at annfowler@emmaushouse.org, for more information and for a supply list of household needs. 

Grandparents Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 9th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Emmaus House celebrates Grandparents in our neighborhood with a night out - including dinner, carols, dancing, and raffles.

How You Can Help:

  • Set up, breakdown, and serving at the party;
  • Collect and donate door prizes for the raffle.  Gift baskets are a big hit.  For women, they might include such things as gloves, scarfs, hats, socks, slippers, simple cosmetics, perfumes, or lotions.  For men, they might include flashlights, candy or cookies, watches, warm socks, work gloves, sweats (XL, XXL, or XXL), wallets, cologne or lotion, sports paraphernalia, or baseball caps.  Gift cards are always popular.

Please deliver gifts by Friday, December 5

Contact Charlotte Cameron at cdwcam@bellsouth.net for more information. 

Party will be held at: The Study Hall, Inc., 1010 Crew St., Atlanta, GA  30315

Secret Santa Shop

Sunday, December 14th,  12 pm – 2:30 pm

Ezzard Hall, Emmaus House

Each Christmas, our Emmaus House Chapel children are given the opportunity to shop for gifts for their families.

Donate Items or Volunteer.

What you can do:

  • Collect and donate new and lightly used gift items for adults.  Popular items include scarves, slippers, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, perfume, lotions, shaving cream, razors, gloves, billfolds, decorative items, costume jewelry, dishtowels, small appliances, and watches.  
  • Help set up the shop, December 13 from 10 am – 1:00 pm.

For more information, contact: Rosalyn Devine at rdevine@pobox.com or Rachel Smith, our Chapel Contact, at celticangelheart@gmail.com.

Christmas Eve Children’s Festival

Wednesday, December 24th from 8 am – 1 pm 

On Christmas Eve, Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Emmaus House and give out gifts to more than 800 children from all over Atlanta.

Organize a Toy Drive

  • Organize a toy drive at your parish, work place, or organization.  Contact Charlotte at cdwcam@bellsouth.net for more information and for directions.

Wrap Gifts

  • Help us wrap gifts and organize Santa’s workshops from December 8-23.  Please contact Charlotte and indicate your availability.

Getting Ready

  • Help set up the buildings for our guests.  Setting out tables, chairs and the grab bag items from 7 am – 9 am on December 24.

During the Children's Festival

  • Operate the grab bag tables and assist parents and small children down the stairs from 8 am – 12:30 pm.
  • Break-down the event, take down tables, reset chairs, take shelves up to the attic from 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Contact Charlotte Cameron at cdwcam@bellsouth.net for more information.



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