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Posted on: October 19, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Christmas in April

Christmas in April is an annual, one-day project to repair the homes of those who due to age, disability and financial hardship, cannot do the work themselves.  


Skilled and unskilled volunteers give six to eight hours of service to help with repairs.  Christmas in April is a non-profit organization supported entirely by voluntary contributions of time and money. The program does have several limitations, however.  CHRISTMAS IN APRIL CANNOT MAKE STRUCTURAL REPAIRS OR UNDERTAKE PROJECTS THAT CANNOT BE COMPLETED IN ONE DAY! In addition, Christmas in April * Prince George’s is NOT ABLE to replace roofs, repair or replace concrete, or replace windows. Volunteers can only do minor repairs to existing roofs. If you are in need of a new roof or your home requires structural work, please contact the Department of Housing (301-883-5570) to request information / assistance from them.    

To be eligible for consideration for Christmas in April, the HOME TO BE REPAIRED MUST BE OWNED AND OCCUPIED BY THE HOMEOWNER AND THE HOMEOWNER MUST BE ELDERLY AND/OR DISABLED.  While there are no income requirements, the program does take need into consideration when making the final selections. In particular, the program is designed to help individuals who have no means to make the needed repairs themselves.

Repairs are limited to those can be done on the last Saturday in April.  Even with a team of 20 or more volunteers assigned to the home, there is no guarantee that all work that needs to be done can be completed or that all requested work will be done.

Repairs differ in each home but they can include:  interior and exterior painting, minor carpentry, plumbing and electrical work, replacing stoves, refrigerators and hot water heaters, if existing appliances are not working, clean-up and yard work may also be included.                    

The Christmas in April work will be done on Saturday, April 28, 2018.   We anticipate accepting as many as 90 homes for repair in the 2018 program.  If you are interested in being considered for our program, or know of someone who may be interested, please complete this application and return it to:

Christmas in April*Prince George’s County
7915 Malcolm Road
Suite 102
Clinton, MD  20735

Applications must be received by November 1, 2017.






Mary Kucharski
Executive Director
Christmas in April*
  Prince George's County

**PHYSICALLY ABLE-BODIED HOMEOWNERS, FAMILY MEMBERS, PERSONS LIVING IN THE HOME, OR RELATIVES VISITING ON THE DAY CHRISTMAS IN APRIL REPAIRS THE HOME, MUST WORK ALONG WITH THE VOLUNTEERS.  IF FRIENDS OF THE HOMEOWNER CANNOT BE HELPFUL, REPAIR WORK WILL BE STOPPED AND THE VOLUNTEERS WILL LEAVE.  PLEASE KEEP THIS LETTER FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.

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