Following a free breakfast and the HMOC Christmas, a wonderful Christmas meal was prepared and served to everyone in attendance. Special guests Sheriff Tommy Allen, Commissioner Chair Anna Baucom and newly appointed Wadesboro Town Councilman Fred Davis helped to serve the crowd.
Lead Pastor Steve Adams shared, “Like a lot of places, Anson County has been hit hard by the economy the last year or so, and this event exists to help those families, children and others who may not have the opportunities to experience Christmas as they should.”
Every guest in attendance left with a special gift or prize. Over 400 gifts and toys were distributed, including bikes, gift cards, Charlotte Bobcats tickets, cell phones, and even Nintendo Wii game systems. One lucky winner walked away with a 32-inch flat screen television as part of a raffle drawing.
"The overwhelming generosity of the community this year just shows the faith, trust and gratitude that people have for this event and the effort to reach those in need," Adams added. "Nearly 40 businesses and individuals from Anson, Richmond and Union counties made this possible. It truly brought meaning to the name COMMUNITY Christmas Blessing. There is no greater feeling for me, and the Harvest Ministries congregation than to reach and serve our community.”
He continued, "So in reality, while the people receive gifts and toys and a meal, we as Christ Followers receive the greatest blessing – which is the opportunity to share and show the love of Christ”
Harvest Ministries Outreach Center would like to thank the many volunteers, organizers, community partners, churches and others who made this year's event possible.
For more information on next year’s event, feel free to contact Harvest Ministries at (704) 695-2879 or visit www.harvestmin.com.