Empowering Word Ministries, formerly Greater St. Matthews Church, blessed over two dozen children at its annual Christmas in November event last Tuesday.
Church members and community volunteers served 10 families with dinner and gifts. Each of the 28 children received an age-appropriate gift ranging from clothing items to toys and bicycles.
The event was started in around 1998. “We wanted to be able to be a blessing to our community and do things for them,” senior elder James Cohen said. “We are spreading some Christmas cheer in November.”
The event has had the support of various community members including county commissioners, Sheriff Tommy Allen, Mayor Bill Thacker and his wife, Norma Jean Thacker, for years. Charlie Little, a chief deputy at the Anson County Sheriff’s Department, also volunteered this year.
The church and individual members provided the food. Toys were provided by various sponsors and donors. “The longer we do it, the more people partner with us to help us,” Cohen said.
The church accepts both monetary and toy donations. To make a donation, call event coordinator Teresa Capers at 704-694-3013.
For more photos from the event, see The Anson Record’s Facebook page.