In this holiday season, Calvary Church in New Mexico gave 5,000 toys to 2,500 children in need, giving each child two gifts to enjoy Christmas. The services at the church were attended by over 16,000 people with the church’s mission being “creating life change.” Members of the church purchased or donated 5,000 toys for the special event. The church’s toy drive first started in 2014 and has been a Christmas tradition ever since. The toys are provided to children who attend Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) district’s Title I funded schools. Schools obtain Title I designation when they serve at least 50 percent economically disadvantaged students.
CBN News reports:
A church in New Mexico recently provided nearly 2,500 at-risk children Christmas gifts this holiday season.
Calvary Church kicked off its annual toy giveaway on Monday to share the real reason for the Christmas season.
“We are tangibly showing the love of our Savior to people, which is what it’s all about,” said Pastor Skip Heitzig. “It’s a good time to give to people and to show them there’s a God in heaven who knows them by name and individually. It’s our privilege to do this.”
More than 16,000 people attend services at the church whose mission is “creating life change.”
Church members generously donated or purchased 5,000 toys for the event, allowing 2,500 children to receive two gifts each to enjoy this Christmas.
“Generosity helps to activate our faith,” Heitzig said in one message. “When we are generous we are actively practicing our faith because we are laying it on the line and it’s also one of the obvious signs that we are children of God. It’s a family resemblance – like Father, like Son.”
He added, “God is generous by nature.”
The toy drive at Calvary Church has been an annual Christmas tradition since 2014. Like many Calvary Church community outreach efforts, the toy drive serves children who attend Title I-funded schools in the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) district. In order to receive Title I designation, schools must be identified as serving 50 percent or higher economically disadvantaged students.
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