Manna Church is hosting a Christmas Gift Giveaway for families in need this year. The church is collecting toys at all their locations across Fayetteville to include the Cliffdale campus, Anderson Creek, Executive Place, Hope Mills, Ramsey St., as well as the Raeford location.
The church does some outreach projects each year, but this is the first centralized gift give-away coordinated with all the church locations in the area, said Michele Damato, Manna Dream Center Administrator and Benevolence Coordinator.
Manna Church will be partnering with United Management that manages several low-income housing communities and the Department of Social Services for the toy giveaway.
After working with United Management for Manna’s “Trunk or Treat” event in October, Outreach Pastor Tommy Cartwright arranged to partner with them again for a Christmas toy outreach.
“It was a need they had heard from the residents and we decided to meet that need,” said Damato. “It’s just a simple way to show the love of Jesus with no strings attached.”
Toys will be distributed among Cross Creek Pointe, Blueberry Place, Tera Gardens and Brookside Hills Apartments in Spring Lake. The church will also be working with DSS to purchase gifts for children at Hope Mills Middle, East Hoke Middle and Overhills High School.
“We’re collecting toys from church members who have the heart to serve the community,” Damato said. Church members can sign up from lists provided by parents. The lists include not only toy requests but also clothing sizes. Church volunteers will wrap the gifts and deliver them the weekend of Dec. 17-20.
The toy give-away is not limited to members of Manna Church, but open to anyone in the community who can help, Damato said. Those wishing to participate can visit https://my.manna.church/outreach to sign up.
The goal for Manna’s outreach is to give away gifts for 300 children this year.
For more information about Manna Church, visit https://fayftbragg.manna.church