Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas ARK Project

Today we hosted a Christmas Eve Party for a local organization that works with children who have been removed from homes. It was a great first time experience and opportunity for our 5 Points campus. Below are my thoughts and some pictures. Due to the organization we worked with we were not allowed to photo any of the children.
  • Our campus solely raised over 150 toys and gifts. That was almost one gift per our average attendance.
  • Tons of people helped out this morning.
  • We catered in breakfast and a local home school organization served breakfast to all the kids.
  • We decked out our facility even more with Christmas stuff and all the tables were covered in Christmas wrapping paper.
  • We showed "Horton Hears a Who" for the little kids...the older ones played Rock Band.
  • The little kids were so pumped when Santa showed up...yeah...we had Santa out to our campus....get over it.
  • You should have seen the smiles when these kids started getting their gifts from Santa...PRICELESS.
  • Even the older teens were pumped about their gifts.
  • I just happened to pick out a some gifts for an 8 to 10 year old boy. When he opened the ones I had picked out he stated "I was so wanting one of these". Then he opened the other one and got another...YES...I'm so good.
  • The older teen said he wanted to come back to go to church here.
  • My wife Robbie and our team did a fantastic job planning, organizing, and executing this event. "I love it when a plan comes together."
  • Giving seemed to become infectious at our campus...people were really enjoying helping and being a resource....WAY TO GO 5 POINTS!!!!
  • With all the gifts our campus was able to help two separate organizations with gifts this Christmas and also reach out to another family who's house burned down in the city of one of our other Multi-Site campuses.

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