Christmas is in the air, lights are twinkling on our downtown streets and the first snow is on the ground. But, more special than all the holiday glitz, is the holiday giving.
“I’ve been in this line and I know what it is to be in need. So we want to try to pay it forward as a promise made to God and I want thank those who help me to keep that promise. And, I think it’s going to make their Christmas that much better, hopefully they experience the love of God and the love of our community,” said Reverend Darrell Cummings, pastor at Bethlehem Apostolic Temple.
Love was definitely in the room, as volunteer passed out hundreds of toys, the smiles on the children’s faces couldn’t be duplicated.
“I think the kids go into a little bit of shock when they walk in. It’s like going into a store and picking anything that you want. So we’re happy for them, and of all the moments that they, that may not be as happy, we’re happy to provide a happy moment,” said Cummings.
Joy didn’t come early just for the little ones, families were grateful for a little extra support when times get hard. Food for holiday meals, hygiene supplies, school supplies and warm winter clothes were just some of the things that they received.
“And if we can help some families have a better Christmas, maybe they won’t have to do anything desperate to meet a need because the need is being met by their community,” said Cummings.
When it was all said and done, the generosity of many in the Ohio Valley helped over 500 people have a healthier and brighter holiday.