The Christmas season is a time of giving joy, receiving blessings and sharing the love of Jesus. Families involved in the programs of Feed Lake Highlands were richly blessed by so many different families in our community this past season. The gifts of community and relationship are truly gifts that never stop giving and we never tire of receiving. We are grateful for such wonderful community partners.
Starting in mid-November, the Lake Highlands United Methodist Church family participates in their annual Annie’s Kids program. Individuals and families select at-risk children’s wish lists from Angel Trees and shop together as they live out the life teaching of “It is better to give than to receive.” On Saturday, December 8th, presents of toys and clothes were given to over 125 children. Youth from the Lake Highlands High School National Honor Society host our distribution morning each year and fill the New Room with the aroma of cookies baking in the kitchen oven.
December 8th was also the annual Jingle Ride through White Rock Valley (WRV). Families gathered on their street corners waiting for Santa and his sleigh to drive by and collect over 700 unwrapped toys for children aged 0-12 years. Feed Lake Highlands and Pamper Lake Highlands are grateful to be the beneficiaries of this hot chocolate and carol singing ride each year! On the afternoon of December 9th, folks both young and older from WRV, a neighborhood competition cheerleading squad, Pamper Lake Highlands, Lake Highlands Church and Feed Lake Highlands met at The New Room Community Center to unload the sleigh and sort the toys by beneficiaries, sexes, and ages. The room was filled with laughter, people and presents galore! The evening of December 10th, more small groups and members of Lake Highlands Church joined us at the New Room to shop with moms, dads and grandparents and entertain eager and inquisitive children from our Food Distribution program, EPIC and START after school clubs, and New Room Community Church family. After presents were selected, parents and grandparents went to the wrapping area before picking their children up from the kids’ activity centers. While adults shopped and wrapped – Santa made a surprise appearance and visited with the kiddos at the Christmas tree. Homemade cookies were enjoyed by everyone throughout the evening! Christmas morning brought much joy to the 500 children involved in both ministries.
Generous elves from Lake Highlands YMCA partnered with us once again for the second year. They delivered lots of joy along with wrapped presents to 7 families in our programs. A special bonus on the children’s wish lists were the questions “What would you give your mom and your dad?”. It’s always fun to surprise the parents with a special treat!
The Lake Highlands Area Public Improvement District, #71 Elks Lodge and White Rock North Day School put on their Santa hats and worked together to make sure the teenagers in our programs had something to open on Christmas morning. These organizations gathered gift cards from Target, Walmart and local eating establishments. Together they blessed 65 youth who were thrilled to have the opportunity to shop at Target or Walmart and enjoy some good food also!
So many people lived out scripture and we are grateful.
Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God, your God’s, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures. Deuteronomy 15:10 (The Message)