Some of you may recall reading my post the other day in which I mentioned that I was participating in “Operation Christmas” with my Sisterhood group from Celebration Church on Saturday. I am happy to say that it was a success, but sad to say that it is over!
What was Operation Christmas? Our church sponsored Christmas for approximately 20 families in an economically challenged area of town. Our church has been doing extension gatherings/services in this area and recently debuted a mobile food pantry there; we also hold a function called “Summer Night Lights” there in the summertime, which my husband has volunteered at in the past. Our church also has started an “Adopt a block” program where Serve team members go and clean up trash, mow lawns and help do other clean-up projects in the area. The area is known as New Town. We are blessed with the opportunity to partner with the city in our outreach there.
My table from Sisterhood mornings (a weekly women’s gathering) decided to sponsor a family. We were the largest team and we sponsored the largest family; a single mother and her 7 children. The sponsorship included providing them with Christmas decor and gifts (including new uniforms for the children that are in school), cleaning their home, and also providing food items for them to prepare a Christmas meal. The church decided (wisely) that it was best to provide the families with ingredients/supplies to put together a meal that they could eat as they needed (be that Christmas day or over the course of several weeks as supplemental food) instead of providing them with just one meal already prepared.
After we cleaned their home and set up all of their decorations, placed their gifts under the tree, and put the food we brought them away, the church hosted a Christmas parade and a “block party” where they had free food and music for the entire community and also gave away 50 bicycles.
It was such a blessing to be able to serve this family; all of the children are so precious. One even wrote us a thank you note. It was wonderful to be able to share the Christmas spirit and the message of Christmas with a very special family.
I hope you enjoy the photographs I have to share with you 🙂
I can’t wait until our next opportunity to serve here. It is amazing to be a part of a church that cares so much about our community and about people in general.