Christmas Food Baskets

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, December 23, 2010

This morning Union Baptist Church distributed 300 food baskets to people within the community. It's an annual tradition that has grown over the past few years. Early in November we collect the names of people who live within the 21217/21201 zip code where our church is located. Yesterday, a team of volunteers packed each of the tree hundred baskets. The packing of the baskets is a joyous period of time as each one of us reflects upon the blessings that God has given us. We also reflect on how good we feel to share a bit of the Christmas spirit with our neighbors within the community.


Today people begin lining up outside of our church at 8:00 a.m. for the start of the distribution which began at 9:00 a.m. From 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon a steady stream of people came in, showing their identification, and having their names matched with the list we had compiled. Food baskets was going out of the door at a rate of one basket per 45 seconds. The process is effective and efficient. The joy of Christmas is in the air as each of the community members are greeted with a, "Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday."

Indeed it is more blessed to give than to receive. Our church experienced the blessing of giving. I am so honored to serve in ministry with a church who is willing to bless 300 families within its community.

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