Christmas in Action * Wichita County, TX, Inc. is a local nonprofit organization that rehabilitates the homes of low-income elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners, so that they may continue to live warmer, safer and with independence.
The program "Christmas in April" began in 1973 in Midland, TX by an oil scout named Bobby Trimble and a group of friends. When looking around their community, they saw a huge problem. A growing number of their neighbors needed help maintaining their homes. Low-income disabled, elderly and veteran homeowners in particular, could no longer financially afford to pay for the work themselves or were physically unable to complete any number of the repairs themselves.
Trimble and his friends decided to do something about it. They reasoned that the old idea of a “barn-raising” could be revived and applied to modern cities. They began recruiting skilled and unskilled volunteers to do much needed repairs
This project acquired the name when one recpient exclaimed: “Why, this is just like Christmas…in April!” From those early days, the idea has spread across the country, coming to Wichita County in 1983 when local resident, Mary Ward became the first executive director.
In 2004, the name was changed to “Christmas in Action” so that work could be completed all throughout the year.
Since its inception in Wichita County 3410 homes have been rehabilitated, using a work force of 70,129 volunteers over the years.
The purpose of the program has remained the same over the years, which is to allow the homeowners to continue to live in their homes for as long as they can but now in a warmer, safer and more decent environment. In recent years and since the inception of COVID-19 the program has gone to more contractor services since volunteers are very limited.
The population remains the same targeting local residents that live in Wichita County TX who are low income elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners.
Christmas in Action “Helps put life back into the homes and families of Wichita County.”
We are "Neighbors Helping Neighbors!"