Paul Anderson Youth Home To Host Christmas Family Extravaganza on Dec. 2

The Christ-centered youth home’s annual Christmas celebration raises funds, awareness and spirits.

(VIDALIA, GA) Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH), a fully accredited and licensed residential program and on-campus school offering a second chance to young men in crisis, will hold their annual Christmas party at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the First Baptist Church of Vidalia.

“During this Christmas season, we would love for you to join us at our event that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and our continued celebration of God’s goodness and grace,” said Glenda Anderson Leonard, co-founder of PAYH. “We are both excited and amazed at how God’s faithfulness has brought us to the significant milestone of our 60th anniversary!”

The annual community Christmas program is a ticketed event that is open to the public. It promises not to disappoint by providing sensationally fresh merriment for the entire family. The always exemplary Rev. Don Moye of First Baptist Church Vidalia will lead a production featuring local talent, PAYH staff, young men and alumni.

A “Jingle Mingle” will be held before the main program featuring a tempting assortment of exquisite, delectable Christmas goodies and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

At PAYH, the endless distractions and commercialization of Christmas are put on pause. Instead, the Home celebrates the birth of Christ, slowing down the hectic nature of the season to allow a focus on its true meaning. The Christmas Family Extravaganza finds that balance of celebrating God’s gifts and having fun while supporting such a worthy cause.

“It is guaranteed to be a night of miraculous wonder as we celebrate the start of the Christmas season,” said Anderson Leonard. “It is also a fantastic opportunity to invest in the kingdom of God and the lives of these gentlemen through the ministry of Paul Anderson Youth Home.”

As we gather to celebrate this Christmas season, PAYH asks everyone to keep an open ear and open heart to spread the word about the program and connect them with the families of young men struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger and depression. Through their spiritual counseling, character development, and accelerated learning program, they share Christ with these young men. Their Christmas Extravaganza is one of the many celebrations held throughout the year to honor this important work.

Details and ticket information about the event can be found at


Founded in 1961 by weightlifting world champion and Olympic gold medalist Paul Anderson and his wife, Glenda, the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) is a Christian residential program and on-campus school for young men between the ages of 16 and 21 struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger and depression. PAYH is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Cognia. In addition to counseling and character development, PAYH offers an accelerated learning program enabling residents to graduate with a high school diploma and technical certifications. To date, over 1,400 young men have attended the program. The Home is located at 1603 McIntosh St. in Vidalia, GA. To learn more about PAYH, call (912) 537-7237 or visit