Christmas Benevolence Program

For many years our church has been blessed with funds to provide Christmas gifts for people in our community.  The program has been managed several different ways through the years.  The consistent factor is that our church members have done the “leg work” with the families that receive assistance through the program. 

 

Currently, we contact the school counselors and ask for their assistance in identifying families that need assistance.  The counselors contact the families to determine their willingness to participate.  The families are matched with church members who contact the family and determine their needs.   Usually the parents and the church members shop together, using the donated funds, so the children will be surprised with gifts on Christmas morning.  We provide a Bible for each family and our members are encouraged to pray with the family as they work together.  Each family receives a gift card to purchase a special meal for Christmas.  The Presbyterian Women assist nursing center residents by shopping for their needs.  The presents are wrapped and delivered in time for the Christmas parties at the nursing centers. 

 

In 2021, we were able to bless 35 families through the Christmas Benevolence program.  In addition to that, we bought gifts for two angels off the Angel Tree, assisted 3 nursing homes with Christmas presents for the residents, purchased shoes for Love in Action, and made donations to the Rainbow Room, the Henderson County Food Pantry and the fire department for their "Toys for Tots" drive.  

 

Each year we hear stories of the blessing these families are to our church members.  Friendships are made and true joy of Christmas, being as Christ to others, enhances the lives of our members.  Any church member can volunteer to participate in the program.  If you have not signed up, just call the church office and you will be assigned a family to meet.

 

We are preparing for the upcoming Christmas season, if you would like more information on how you can help, please contact the church office at 903-675-3530 or via email at secretary@fpcathens.com.

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