'Jesus Holiday Helpers' ministry at Collierville United Methodist Church is helping 35 families
Collierville Rotary Club donated 35 gift cards to Collierville schools for families in crisis during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. (Submitted photo)
By Teresa Pinkston-Rector
Collierville United Methodist Church
I am currently coordinating Thanksgiving and Christmas benevolence for approximately 35 families in need which have 74 children in nine Collierville, Tennessee schools.
This program of Collierville United Methodist Church (UMC) has been offered during the holidays for about the past 20 years to help families affected by hardships such as divorce, loss of employment, illness, death and more.
Without resources such as Collierville UMC‘s Jesus Holiday Helpers program, there are households that would not have a traditional Thanksgiving meal on the table or many presents under the Christmas tree for children.
Resources come from Sunday school classes, church small groups, individual families within the church and civic-serving organizations in the community. They raise money through fundraisers and donations. A sponsor assigned to each family shops with the funds.
Sponsors wrap and pray over the gifts and return them to the church office for distribution to families.