The Merrie Christmas Project


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United Way of Central Georgia partnered with Nancy and Mike Kaplan to create The Merrie Christmas Project in loving memory of their daughter Merrie Kaplan. Merrie was born with a rare genetic condition, Williams syndrome, yet she lived life to the fullest. She was a huge fan of her beloved University of Georgia Bulldogs, collected friendships of all ages, doted on animals, and from a young age loved Santa Claus and everything the Christmas season is about. Fitting to her name, she was known locally as an outgoing woman who wore a big smile, and whenever entering a room, she always brought happiness and joy. Now, in Merrie’s memory, her joy will continue throughout the area every holiday season.

The Merrie Christmas Project helps families and children experience a Christmas who otherwise would not. The program provides food, holiday decorations, and gifts to families in need. And in 2021, the program also worked with the Brookdale Resource Center to bring holiday decorations, Christmas trees, and gifts for all the residents at the Center. The Brookdale Resource Center is a local residential facility combating homelessness that focuses on families with children.



In addition to The Merrie Christmas Project the Kaplan family has partnered with United Way once again to create Merrie's Closet. To learn more about this new program, click here


The Merrie Christmas Project past events in the community: