Acts of Kindness Program

Christmas has always been an exciting holiday for children where they get to receive and give gifts. It's a holiday where family and friends get together to share love and gratitude and show appreciation for each other. This year may look a little different. Families may not gather and there are some who just can't afford presents due to current economic hardships. That is where we can help. Christmasville in The Woods is excited to offer our Act of Kindness photoshoot sessions for disadvantaged families. We are so grateful to be in Oakland and want to give back to our community. 

How does it work?

This year we are counting on our neighbors to pay it forward with us. The Acts of Kindness Program allows members of our community to become more involved and help gift less fortunate families an incredible experience they will never forget. With your donations we will be able do a free photoshoot with Santa for the families that apply to the Acts of Kindness Program.


As much as we would love to be able to do this alone it costs money for us to operate over here at Christmasville and all we need to do is cover costs to make this possible. Any size donation will help and is appreciated!!!


***As a Donor you get a free digital image with your families photoshoot so donating today is a win for everyone!***

Limit one per booking

How do I apply?

Families will need to apply. Scroll down to find our application. In just a few short questions you will be entered in to our program. All applicants must be residents of Oakland and have low to moderate income, or be living in poverty. This is a merit based application so you will not need to prove your income, we will trust your are telling the truth and are unable to afford a photoshoot with Santa at this time. Although we will request that you tell us why this photoshoot experience would be important to you and your family. Your story will be shared if you are chosen but your identity can remain anonymous if you choose to stay private. 


Feel free to share with your family and friends. 

How do you choose who gets a free shoot?

Grantees will be chosen by chance with a random name picker app. All of the first names + last initial will be added to the app and the computer will choose a name for us. This process will be captured by screen record as proof. 

Acts of Kindness Application

  1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.

  2. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.

  3. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.

  4. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.

  5. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items at the store.

  6. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.

  7. Leave quarters at the laundromat.

  8. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.

  9. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.

  10. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.

  11. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.

  12. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.

  13. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.

  14. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.

Other Ways You Can Pay It Forward This Holiday Season

What are your favorite ways to Pay it Forward?

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