Sunday, December 20, 2009

Take It To The Streets Christmas

First I want to say thank you to all of the wonderful people who helped make this moment happen. Last Sunday we had a number of people come together to give of themselves to put together shoe boxes full of toys for the kids. We had a good system of wrapping going on and got a good look at the wrapping skills of our friends. For those of you who were not able to be there to hand them out your generosity went miles in making this Christmas a happy one for a lot of children, many of whom would not have had any presents under the tree were it not for your gifts of love. Without Walls Ministry also lended a hand by donating extra shoe boxes they had to help us meet our need for the growing number of kids that are coming to Field Day now.

Yesterday we handed out presents to all the children at Field Day and the response was overwhelming joy. We did not announce that we would be doing this to the neighborhood but rather made it a surprise. Some of the kids tore into their gifts right away and were already playing with the toys that they were given. A lot of presents came with kids books that told different stories from the Bible and I saw children comparing which book they got to another "I got Daniel and the Lion what did you get?" There was a huge moment of love as they all sat and open their presents, in which all of their differences and squabbles were put aside and the worries of school and their home life were forgotten. A few of the kids did not open their presents, when I asked one little girl why she was not opening her gift she said, "Cuz I want to put it under my tree just like this." Though they all know the reason for Christmas with a resounding answer was "Jesus", there was joy they experienced in the physical manifestation of the love of Jesus Christ carried to them through the hearts of volunteers who helped make this happen.

2 comments:

Connor McIntyre December 20, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

Just to add an ending to this great story. At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday a very good friend of mine and fellow Payer Warrior called me to let me know a surprise. The surprise was that she had received five frozen Publix turkeys that were left over from a company Christmas party. All the employees received a turkey as a Christmas gift and the company ordered a few to many. She asked me if Take It To The Streets could use them, I said YES! After field day and before we took the kids to the Festival of Lights (that is entierly another blog) we took five families that have been with Take It To The Streets since the beginning, Turkey a few presents and a Take It To The Streets Christmas card signed by all the volunteers. The kids mother were brought to tears, Praise Jesus! Merry Christmas :)

Connor

Take It To The Streets December 20, 2009 at 4:30 PM  
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