Spartanburg Herald Journal // January 24, 2017

Christmas in Action announces $50,000 grant

Christmas has come early for Christmas In Action-Spartanburg with the announcement of a new Veterans Home Rehabilitation Program in partnership with Chive Charities of Austin, TX. Focused on reducing the number of veterans living in substandard housing in Spartanburg County, this grant will provide funds for over 30 veterans in the coming months.

“We are pleased that Chive Charities chose Christmas In Action so that we may help more homeowners than ever before,” said Amanda Mathis, executive director. “This grant will allow us to reduce the number of veterans waiting for assistance which currently makes up 5% of our waiting list.”

“Chive Charities is committed to giving a megaphone to the underdogs, the underfunded worthy causes whose stories should be heard. We are especially committed to helping our nation's veterans and improving their quality of life, said Brian Mercedes, executive director of Chive Charities. “When we heard about Christmas In Action, particularly their work with veterans who have given up hope because of dire circumstances this time of year, we knew we wanted to get involved. Knowing that a simple home rehabilitation can bring not only joy but also security to the impoverished was an opportunity Chive Charities could not pass up. We're honored to contribute to such a worthy cause.”

Homeowners need to own their homes with taxes paid and live in Spartanburg County to qualify. To apply for Veterans Home Rehabilitation Program assistance, visit to download an application or call 864-576-7101.

“It is awesome that Christmas in Action has been selected to receive a $50,000 grant from Chive Charities. This grant helps Spartanburg Veterans that served our country when they are in need.” said David Harrelson, 2017 Board Chairman.