On Dec. 15, 755 packed the auditorium of Harvest Ministries Outreach Center to take part in the 10th year of Community Christmas Blessing.
Lines stretched across the facility as people waited for and got to enjoy a Christmas meal prior to the giveaways. Special servers were local officials, new Anson High Baseball Coach Hank Harris, Lady Strikers motorcycle club, and many others.
After the meal, with the help of Santa Claus over 300 toys were given out to children, and many adults left with cash prizes, gift cards, and even flat screen televisions. The true Christmas spirit was evident throughout the day. Anson County Commissioner Vancine Sturdivant was on hand, as well as Toys for Tots (who played a major role in the event ). State Trooper Landric Reid and other community leaders gave remarks and shared in the festivities.
HMOC Lead Pastor Steve Adams said, “We try to be a hand extended to our community all year long with the many outreaches and programs that we offer here at Harvest, but this day every year is the highlight of it all, to be able to see children happy, families together, and Christ being shown really is hard to put into words.”
Founder of HMOC, Pastor Tim Adams, added, “This is great, the hundreds of gifts under the tree, the meal, the community officials, politicians, and others who took their money, their time, and their compassion to serve others shows that Anson County cares about each other, and that we know the real reason of this season.”
Harvest Ministries Outreach Center would like to thank the many volunteers, organizers, community partners, churches, and others who made this years event possible. A special thanks to: Leavitt Funeral Home, Attorney Charles Collini, Attorney Fred Poisson, La Fogata, Plaza Jalisco, PNC Bank, Touch of Class Salon, Brasingtons, Commissioner Anna Baucom, Pageland 7th Day Adventist Church, Dr. Sarah Elliott, C&M Auto, Strikers Bowling Center, Sonic of Rockingham, Lady Bug Restaurant, Sheriff Tommy Allen, The Express Newspaper, Pizza Inn — Rockingham, Beachum & Lee Ford, Trooper Landric Reid, Commissioner Vancine Sturdivant and Toys for Tots, and the congregation of HMOC for your dedication, compassion, and desire to reach others!
Steve Adams summed up the event by saying, “A huge crowd is great, the presents for children is wonderful, and people loving and blessing others is truly what Christmas is suppose to be, and to know that over 100 people prayed to have Jesus Christ change their life, simply was the exclamation point on a day to be remembered.”
Pastor Adams did share with the crowd that Harvest is in need of a 66-passenger bus ($2,500) to reach more children and people with their services and programs. To donate to the “Buy that Bus” campaign or for more detail on HMOC and the many outreach efforts throughout the year, reach Adams at 704-695-2879 or visit www.harvestmin.com.