The Anderson Family Christmas Show

Daily Point of Light # 1192 Aug 28, 1998

Ten years ago, Dale and Angie Anderson, along with their two children Chris and Osjha, decided as a family to donate their Christmas to the community of Glennville. Taking the money that would usually be spent on gifts for one another; they prepared the first annual Anderson Family Christmas Show. Today, the entire community of Glennville supports the show.

The Anderson's decided to start the show in order to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Their goal was to bind the community together and allow those families and individuals who were depressed, lonely or suffering to be reached through the efforts of those around them.

Through the Anderson Christmas Show, the community has become more unified. Last year, there were over 65 children who were participants of the show.

Funding comes from donations of local organizations and businesses as well as from the Anderson family and other private donations. The show takes place during the two weeks preceding the Christmas holiday in the Anderson's yard. Last Christmas, it was estimated that over 10,000 people visited the Anderson home. Not only are the Anderson's involved, but the entire community has come together, volunteering their time, talents and money, to ensure that the show is a success.

The Anderson Christmas Show is covered by local newspapers and has television footage. Each year a new theme is chosen, relating to the needs of the community.