In November of 2016, First Presbyterian Church of Bonham hosted Bonham’s third annual Spirit of Giving Community Christmas Party. Church members donated new and gently used items which were given away, free of charge, to those in attendance. More than 450 men, women, and children were served during the event, and both volunteers and guests were richly blessed.
The church already has plans to hold the fourth annual Spirit of Giving on Saturday, November 18, 2017, and would like to invite your church, civic organization, or business to join in this unique event.
How does it work? All donated items are sorted and displayed at various stations, including coats, jewelry, household goods, holiday decorations, small furniture items, movies, toys, games, etc. Everyone who attends the event, regardless of age, receives six tickets to “purchase” anything they want for FREE. Items large and small have a “cost” of one ticket. There are no income limits, paperwork, or qualifications imposed.
The idea for this event came from our neighboring town of Paris, when one family asked their church for permission to give away their excess stuff on the church parking lot. Other families decided to join them, and over a nine year period the Paris event has grown to serve hundreds of people with many community groups participating.
Those who have donated and volunteered the last three years at FPC have found this to be a wonderful way to start their Christmas season. The idea is not to create a charity event, but instead to challenge oneself to let go, and give up something for the benefit of another. We hope this event will grow in Bonham as it has in Paris, fostering community cooperation and building relationships while helping those in need.
What can you do? Your group might choose to have a station to give away a particular item. At our 2016 event, we welcomed several new partners. The Chi Lambda Sorority gave away new bed pillows, and Bonham Psychiatry hosted a station with new towels and soap. The K5 Fannin Radio Club served hot dogs and fixings to our guests.
For more information about how to be involved, contact First Presbyterian Church at 903-583-2014 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of our Mission Committee will be glad to answer questions about the event, or speak to your group about volunteer opportunities.