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11/3/2017 1:41:00 PM
Christian Ministry Prepares For Christmas
Biggest time of year for local charitable organization

Lincoln Herald Staff

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––As Andy Williams sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

And for Christian Ministry of Lincoln County, it’s also the busiest. According to executive director Mitzi Williams (no relation to the late, great crooner!), bringing the benefits and cheer of Christmas is a herculean task, requiring massive volunteer efforts. Williams said Thursday that the local charity’s operations were now in full swing.

“Christian Ministry has officially kicked off its Christmas fundraiser!” she said. “The Ministry depends on these funds throughout the year to be able to help the families that come to the ministry.

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In 2016, she said, the ministry gave out:
  • food to more than 25,000 people through emergency services;
  • served more than 52,000 meals in the soup kitchen;
  • and served more than 18,000 meals through the LINC Home Meals program, which serves local senior citizens and the homebound. 

“We could not have done this without the community supporting the Christmas fundraiser,” said Williams. “Contributions may be made in honor of or in memory of a loved one. The ministry will notify the persons of the gifts made in their names. 

“The ministry has started collecting food and toys for our Christmas give-out that will take place on Dec. 21,” she continued. “In one day, the ministry will give out a month’s worth of food! We will also give out new toys to over 600 children. As you can see, the ministry has a big mission to complete in just 50 days! Can we do it? Only with the support that comes from our member churches and the community.  Please consider supporting the ministry through financial contributions or a food and toy drive. Because I know how generous our member churches and community have been in the past, I want to thank you in advance for the love and support that I know you will show  in the next few months. We are all geared up for Christmas at Christian Ministry. Are you?”

Williams revealed that it takes all of the ministry’s time, Nov. 1-Dec. 21, in order to bring the joy and generosity of Christmas to more than 700 local families. This includes some 600 children.

“It takes a lot of wonderful people, churches and businesses to make it happen,” she said, adding of the ministry’s Christmas giving requests, especially food, “We mailed out last month to all the churches and their representatives our adopt-a-food-item postcards. Please call the ministry with your adopted food items. Our hours of operations are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.”

The ministry’s giveaway of used toys will be Dec. 2. Those wishing to donate toys are asked to bring them to the ministry, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, up until Dec. 1.

“Angel trees will be popping up around town!” said Williams. “They are in your churches, stores and the banks. If you want to have an angel tree, just call us, and we will get you as many angels as you want! Maybe you don’t want to do an angel tree but want to collect toys, have a toy drive or have a toy party!”

New gifts are needed for boys, 12-14 years old.

“What would your boy this age want for Christmas?” Williams rhetorically asked.

And gifts are needed for girls 12 and under.

“Some ideas are crafty items, board games and so on,” she said. “We already have an abundance of make-up, perfume and nail polish, so these are items we don’t need at this time.”

Then by Dec. 21, it all comes together, as Williams noted.

“All the food will be sorted and ready to go,” she said. “The toys will be sorted and tagged for each child. Volunteers will be at the ready for the give-out to start! If you have never been here, it’s a sight to see!”

She added that 20 wheelbarrows, all shaped to look like Santa Claus’s reindeer, will be filled with food. Clients will then push them to their vehicles. Toys, too, will be given out.

Can’t get food or toys to the ministry? Then make your contributions monetary. Williams said this year’s goal is $50,000.

“Help us do it again!” she said. “This money will buy food throughout the coming year.”

In other news, Williams also released the schedule for the ministry’s volunteer food-packers from local churches:

  • Howard Creek Baptist, Nov. 6-9;
  • Leonard’s Fork Baptist, Nov. 13-14;
  • Four-Square Gospel, Nov. 15-17;
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal, Nov. 20-22;
  • and Zion Hill Baptist, Nov. 27-30.

Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is located at 207 S. Poplar St. in Lincolnton. Call (704) 732-0383 or (704) 732-2691 for more details.

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