Local Church Gives Back to the Community in a Big Way!

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



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  1. karen, as usual your photos are amazing! how you capture emotion is incredible! thank you so much for sharing this amazing contribution! LOVE!


  2. Well now you have me crying. Unbelievable that so few can do so much for so many.


  3. How wonderful! The true spirit of Christmas. God’s blessings to all.


  4. Wow Karen! What an amazing gift that obviously touched the lives of so many. I am speechless! I love the NKUMC family. You guys ROCK for Jesus! With God’s help, you all made it a very merry Christmas for a lot of people. This just touches my heart in a special way and makes me smile. I know how good that act of love and kindness must have made all of you feel. May you all have a Very Merry Christmas!
    “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.” ❤ Chrystal


  5. Karen, Thanks for your support of our local missions. I am super excited and know that this year will be even bigger and better as we reach out to our community. God is good and always provides.


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