Friday, December 16, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Struggling families will be blessed this Christmas, with a church's offering to the community.
12Stone Church, a large Lawrenceville area congregation, will pass out thousands of turkeys, groceries and a few extra treats during an event at Coolray Field at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The "meal and more" packages include a turkey or ham from Honeybaked Ham, a week's worth of groceries, four tickets to a Gwinnett Braves home game and a "Christmas is Love" CD from the church.
"The economic outlook hasn't improved for many families since last year and people began calling the church office in November asking if we were helping families again this year," said Kevin Myers, the church's senior pastor. "There's no reason to create something new when the same need exists. This is one way we can make a significant contribution in our community."
The church took up a special offering last week. Combined with help from HoneyBaked Ham, Signature Foods, the Gwinnett Braves and Sunbelt Rentals, more than $1 million in goods and services will be distributed to the community, a press release said.
About 3,200 Christmas packages will be distributed on a first-come, first-service basis at the baseball stadium, located near the church on Buford Drive. Another 2,800 packages will be given to families struggling within the church community and who responded to a letter sent out to Gwinnett County Public Schools.