NOTICE: You can expect that our Holiday Assistance Program will undergo assessment and development because of the pandemic. During the coming weeks and months the program may look very different this year in the aftermath of COVID-19.
As a participant you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Good Samaritan Network or the venue liable should you get sick.
Also, you can expect long lines, possible changes and new participation guidelines. These and other changes may be announced at any time.
HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE DATES
NOVEMBER 21- 9am-3pm - Thanksgiving Distribution (application required)
NOVEMBER 26- 11am-2pm - Thanksgiving Day FREE Sit Down Meal and Shut-In Deliveries
(various onsite locations available and delivery application required)
ONLINE recommended Thanksgiving deadline: November 8
DECEMBER 12-9am-3pm - Christmas Distribution (application required)
DECEMBER 24 - Christmas Eve Meal Shut-In Deliveries (shut-in/sign-up required)
ONLINE recommended Christmas deadline: November 29
HAMILTON COUNTY 4H FAIRGROUNDS LOCATION and dates are only for those clients who have not been notified that they have a private sponsor. Privately sponsored clients will stay home on these dates, or as notified, and will not attend these Holiday Assistance Distributions/Sites - unless their private sponsor does not show up or make a personal appointment with the client by the distribution date.
THANKSGIVING ASSISTANCE | NOVEMBER
Thanksgiving Assistance Distribution
This year’s annual Thanksgiving Assistance for Hamilton County residents, which includes distribution of food boxes and baskets, will be held on the listed date above from 9am-3pm. Location: Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds, Noblesville, IN. A “Holiday Assistance” application is required. Applications should be completed online (www.gsnlive.org) as soon as possible, or contact the Good Samaritan Network office (317.842.2603). One application, completed annually, can be used for Thanksgiving Assistance and/or Christmas Assistance.
Thanksgiving Day FREE Meal - 3 Locations
A Thanksgiving Day sit-down meal is provided at various Hamilton County sites from 11am-2pm. Staging and venue locations include:
Noblesville - White River Christian Church, 11am-2pm
Sheridan – Sheridan Community Center, 11am-2pm
Fishers - St.Louis de Montfort, 11am-2pm
All locations include a FREE sit down meal without reservations. At the Noblesville and Sheridan locations carry out will also be available. All assistance is first-come-first served.
Thanksgiving Day Delivered Meals
GSN will also provide meal deliveries for elderly, disabled or shut-in who have signed-up for a Thanksgiving Day meal delivery. Delivery is needs-based and an application does not guarantee delivery. Volunteers will deliver to their assigned households early in the day on Thanksgiving. Residents must be home.
CHRISTMAS ASSISTANCE | DECEMBER
Christmas Assistance Distribution
This year’s annual Christmas Assistance for Hamilton County residents, which includes food, toys, and clothing, will be held on the listed date above from 9am-3pm. Location: Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds, Noblesville, IN. A “Holiday Assistance” application is required. Applications should be completed online (www.gsnlive.org) as soon as possible, or contact the Good Samaritan Network office (317.842.2603). One application, completed annually, can be used for Thanksgiving Assistance and/or Christmas Assistance.
Christmas Eve Meal Shut-In Delivery
A Christmas Eve meal is provided to elderly, disabled or shut-in Hamilton County residents who sign-up in advance. Assistance is first-come-first-served for the elderly or special needs clients who have signed-up for a Christmas meal delivery. Delivery is needs-based and an application does not guarantee delivery. Volunteers will deliver to their assigned households early in the day on Christmas Eve. Residents must be home.
HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE DETAILS
“I am disappointed that I must seek assistance, but I am so grateful to your organizaiton which graciously helps someone in need, like me. I humbly thank you!”
“My husband and our 4 year old delivered Thanksgiving meals and we loved it. God really had a plan.”
Thanksgiving and Christmas DETAILS
We recommend that you apply ONLINE by the early part of November for Holiday Assistance.
GSN's signature holiday assistance program significantly impacts thousands of families every year. GSN clients are always able to receive food baskets for both Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Additionally, clients receive new or gently used toys and clothing for the Christmas season - as part of our Christmas Distribution.
In order to be considered for any GSN Holiday event - a yearly application is required for every family. We prefer you complete the Holiday Assistance Application ONLINE.
Everyone will receive some form of assistance from only ONE Hamilton County agency or source. No one will receive assistance without submitting an application (digitally/online or hard copy/mail). All names requesting assistance will be cleared through our computer system/process.
Families will either be assigned to a 1) private sponsor (provided thru GSN) or 2) they will be assigned to GSN. Not both! If you receive a color-coded letter from GSN (for Christmas only) and/or a phone message, that’s how you will be invited to attend the event at the 4H Fairgrounds. Otherwise, you will be assigned to a private sponsor. Sponsorship criteria changes from one sponsor to the next and you are not able to request a private sponsor.
If you have a private sponsor, they will contact you directly (usually by phone) to arrange your Holiday Assistance. We cannot give out sponsor information, please don’t ask. It is so important to be appreciative of your sponsors when they contact you. Be sure to be cooperative, gracious and accommodating. Remember, your private sponsor is purchasing holiday items for you and your family.
A FEW REMINDERS
On the actual date of a Holiday event, if you do not have a private sponsor, upon arrival, you will be required to have:
a photo ID (driver’s license, etc)
proof of Hamilton County residency (utility statement, etc)
for Christmas only - a color-coded matching family information sheet and/or a phone message (provided by our office which will be mailed to you before the event date).
If you completed a Holiday Assistance Application - and have not been contacted by a private Holiday Sponsor by the event date - please go directly to the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds on the date of the Holiday event applied for.
Be aware sponsors (GSN or private) may contact you (usually by phone) from October thru December. Be sure you have room on your voicemail device for messages, and please do not block GSN’s phone number.
Please DO NOT CALL the Good Samaritan Network office unless you have an: address/city change, email change, phone contact number(s) change or a genuine emergency. It is your responsibility to communicate any changes in information - at any time – before or after the Holiday Assistance Application has been submitted to GSN.
Your submission of a Holiday Assistance Application provides your consent and approval that this information is valid and allows GSN to use/release information to network agencies and Holiday sponsors in order to provide services for you; including referral services, and you agree that you can be contacted by phone, email or mail.