Hallmark’s ‘Project Christmas Joy’ brings seasonal cheer to tornado-ravaged Beauregard community

A new Hallmark TV special will shine a seasonal spotlight on Lee County’s Beauregard community and Providence Baptist Church.

“Project Christmas Joy” is set to air Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Central time on Hallmark Drama. The special was filmed in Beauregard, Smiths Station and surrounding Lee County earlier this year, an area devastated by an EF-4 tornado that tore through the community in March leaving 23 people dead, many others injured and a path of destroyed homes.

Many have helped the community pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives, including Hallmark, who donated $150,000 to build three homes during the 2019 Millard Fuller Legacy Build the week of Sept. 29 – Oct. 4. Donations to Mend, a nonprofit established following the disaster, helped build three other homes, and other companies contributed for the nine more, bringing the total of new homes to 15.

“Project Christmas Joy” host Rashad Jennings will present the homes to their new owners during the special.

According to a representative from Providence Baptist Church, the special also includes a holiday meal hosted at the church, which served as a shelter during the storms and became the center of recovery and relief efforts. Victims of the tornadoes, first responders and people from the church community who helped with the tornado recovery efforts were among the 400 people served at the dinner.

A living Christmas tree, a visit from Santa Claus, and a program and performance by the church choir are also part of the special.

For more information and more photos from the special, go to https://www.hallmarkdrama.com/project-christmas-joy.