Let’s make it a white Christmas

Think of others this holiday season.  The winter weather is on its way and there are scores of homeless people in need in our Columbia, SC community. Essex Homes is partnering with Oliver Gospel Mission this season in an effort to give the local community a “White Christmas.” Essex Homes will be collecting white item donations at all Columbia community sales centers and offices during the month of December.

White item donations can include towels, socks, flour, toilet paper, shaving cream, rice and much more. To see a complete list of white items needs, click here. If you don’t have time to stop by one of our sales centers this holiday season but would like to make a monetary donation, you can do so by mail to Oliver Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 7697, Columbia, SC 29202.

The Oliver Gospel Mission is proud to say that it is the oldest rescue mission in the Southeast and sixth oldest in the United States. Since its beginning, Oliver Gospel Mission has been an integral part of social services in Columbia. Throughout the years, Oliver Gospel Mission has seen its programs evolve and develop, but the intent has always been to serve the broken and homeless.  Oliver Gospel Mission seeks to provide a Christ-centered environment that is compassionate, yet firm, and designed to instill both hope and responsibility for the purpose of life transformation. Our goal is that those in need arriving at our door will receive the tools they need to live fulfilled, functioning, and fruitful lives, ready to contribute to and enhance the community.

Located at 1100 Taylor Street in downtown Columbia, SC, The Oliver Gospel Mission through its ministries has seen and experienced a lot of change since 1888. However, one thing will always remain. Oliver Gospel Mission will always be there to help the broken and homeless and there are countless ways that you can also lend a hand; visit www.olivergospelmission.com to learn more.


The holidays should be a time to share our good fortune with our neighbors in need, giving them warmth, love, hope and comfort when they need it the most. Help us help others in need this holiday season. Our model homes and sales centers are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Visits www.essexhomes.net or call 803-356-8301 for more information.

Merry Christmas to you from The Essex Homes Family!