Putting a Smile on a Childs Face since 2001
Christmas on the Mountain began as a small idea with a big heart in 2001. It began at a business called Homes America. The company wanted to do something to give back to the community. They decided to fill a gap in Cumberland County, mn children in less fortunate families were not receiving toys as Christmas gifts. While some organizations were supplying the children with basic needs, ie clothing, personal hygiene items, and food, the children were not getting toys. Christmas on the Mountian would collect toys from the community and deliver them to the most needing children.
The first year we helped 37 children have a great Christmas. The next year we grew to 75 children and continued to almost double each year. In 2007 COTM became a 501(c)3 non profit organization and a charity on its own. With the help of an incredible community, we are now able to put a smile on the face of over 500 children each year.
How it all works
Christmas on the Mountain continues to operate with the dedication of a few devoted volunteers.
Christmas on the Mountain operates only in Cumberland County. Unlike other groups that collect toys, ALL our toys go to children right here in Cumberland County.
Christmas on the Mountain lives on donations from our incredible community.
The Donation of Funds allows us to purchase toys and covers the cost of our Annual Wrapping Party.
The Donation of Toys by the community through our Big Red Toy Drive Barrels supplies the gifts for the children.
The Donation of Space by the wonderful businesses that host our Big Red Toy Drive Barrels supplies the opportunity for the community to donate toys.
The Donation of Advertising by Y102.5(Crossville) radio and Crossville Chronicle newspaper supplies our voice to the community.
Christmas on the Mountain Fundraises in June with our Annual Christmas in June Craft Fair and our Annual Motorcycle Ride at the end of the summer.
Christmas on the Mountain operates year-round
In the beginning of the year, Christmas on the Mountain volunteers takes advantage of winter toys sales to purchase toys for older teen children. This is always the age group hardest to collect donations for.
Then in June Christmas on the Mountain hosts its Annual Christmas in June Craft Fair fundraiser at the Cumberland Community Complex. This event is fun for the children who attend and supplies the community with an outlet to sell and buy crafts. At this event, Christmas on the Mountain begins to collect that year's toys.
At the end of the summer Christmas on the Mountain host, its Annual Motorcycle ride fundraiser.
In November the Toy Drive Starts. Big Red Toy Drive Barrels are placed in about 30 local businesses and advertising starts. The community is asked to stop by these businesses and drop a New, Unwrapped Toy in our Big Red Toy Drive Barrels. As the Big Red Toy Drive Barrels fill up our Volunteer Elves collect the toys weekly. The collection continues until Christmas eve.
At the same time, Christmas on the Mountain asks the Counselors of all 12 Cumberland County Schools to submit lists of families that are in the most need of help. Christmas on the Mountain also accepts writing in applications and serves several foster homes in Cumberland County.
On the second Saturday in December, all the toys from this year and from storage last year come together in one place where Christmas on the Mountain gathers dozens of community volunteers to sort and wrap all the presents needed for that year. At the end of the Wrapping Party, the school Counselors take the gifts for their respective schools and hand them out to parents that Monday to be placed under their Christmas Trees.
After what Wrapping Party toys continue to be collected and go into storage for next year.