Wrightsboro UMC held its 3rd Annual Christmas Extravaganza this past Saturday.
One of the main objectives was to provide an opportunity for families in need to select free Christmas gifts. There was one “gift shop” for the adults to get toys and presents for the children, and another for the children to get gifts for their family.
All the presents were donated over the last year, and free gift wrapping was provided. In addition to the gift shops, there was a children’s clothing room, an adult clothing section, and a Christmas decorations room. More than 200 New Testaments were also distributed.
There were tables where the kids could make crafts, including Christmas cards for troops stationed overseas. The Christmas story was shared in another room. Students from the Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts performed excerpts from the Nutcracker, and other volunteers led Christmas carols in the sanctuary and fellowship hall. Breakfast was provided, and Santa was on hand to hear what the kids wanted for Christmas.
Wrightsboro UMC’s pastor, Rev. David Hollowell joyfully reported “We were blessed with another great turnout this year. We know that over 200 children went through the gift shop for the adults, and we served around 250 plates of pancakes and sausage. Overall, we would estimate around 350 people came through, plus another 65 volunteers helping out. “