North Kannapolis United Methodist Church is the beautiful stone church across from Brother’s Tires in Kannapolis- you know the one! NKUMC has been my church home since 1987. We are a small family church with usually just over 100 people attending each Sunday.
Well, we may be small in number, but we are BIG in heart! We have been giving Christmas to needy families for 4 years. This year we took it to another level. KNUMC adopted 27 families and 60 children! I know, amazing!!
All the gifts were lined up in the pews- one pew per family!!
All the gifts were chosen especially for each family. Some gifts were badly needed. We realized that one set of parents had been sleeping on the floor. We knew that we had to get them a bed. One family needed a dryer- they had been drying their clothing with a blow dryer. Everyone was so appreciative!!
We also added craft time for the kids. While the parents were picking up their gifts and taking them home, the children were having a blast doing crafts and talking with Santa! The families also had a chance to visit our love pantry and choose items from our clothing closet.
We also wanted to sit down and have a meal just like family! So an awesome dinner of turkey, ham, and all the fixins was prepared! Over 300 people were fed. Liberty Tax donated the turkeys and The Varsity smoked them all! $750 in Food Lion gift cards were also donated. Mind boggling, isn’t it?
One of our members, Tony from The Frosted Butterfly, decorated & donated some beautiful cakes! Check out his handiwork!
There were so many folks who made this event possible! Donna Coone and her son Brian were the leaders who brought the vision to life! Lots of people volunteered to help put bicycles together, deliver furniture, wrap gifts, teach a craft, cook, and serve food.
CMC NorthEast, Suntrust Bank, and Kannapolis Middle School teachers also helped make this Christmas memorable! Phidippides, Lee Clothing Warehouse, Forbo Seigling Company, and WalMart helped out with donations, too!
We all came together as the Body of Christ and carried out this ministry! God is so good and we are surely blessed!
May you feel the peace of this season and count your blessings, too! -Karen