Written by David Blackwell, Mission Project Coordinator
Christmas Eve finds most people busy with last minute shopping, spending time with family, and receiving and giving of gifts. The day is usually filled with preparing elaborate meals for family and friends and wrapping last minute presents without a minute to spare. This Christmas Eve, nearly 150 people began a new tradition and created a new Christmas memory.
Mission:Change held what it hopes will be the first annual “Christmas Eve Brunch” for the homeless and needy. First Presbyterian Church in Albany hosted this month’s Mission Project. The volunteers prepared a hot breakfast along with gift bags filled with warm clothing, fruit, and hygiene items. As diners ate, new friendships were forged and everyone found something to be thankful for. Those of all ages enjoyed singing Christmas carols and exchanging favorite Christmas memories. For this amazing group of volunteers who gave a few hours of their time, this day will be treasured. Christmas, after all is the celebration of giving of one’s self.
Mission:Change believes the needs of the homeless, hungry and impoverished in Albany is a serious matter. Awareness leads to action. Each month Mission:Change provides a project for individuals, Churches and civic clubs where participants can bring hope to Albany’s most needy.