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The Gift of Christmas


The Gift of Christmas

The Gift of Christmas ministry at First Presbyterian Church has had a lengthy and generous history over at least 60 years. Previously known as “Christmas Clearing Bureau” and “Christmas Baskets,” today’s Gift of Christmas partners with House of Neighborly Service, a non-profit organization serving residents of the Westside area of San Antonio. Founded in 1917 by Presbyterian missionaries, HNS is now in it’s 101st year and consistently serves about 900 families. This is an area of San Antonio that is at high-risk for child abuse and neglect, family violence, and drug/alcohol abuse. More than 80% of the people who use HNS’ services earn less than $15,000 a year.

What a joy it is to announce that FPC covenant partner groups and individuals have adopted all House of Neighborly Service families provided to us for the 2019 Gift of Christmas program. Once again FPC has shown that we are a community of people who love Christ, love one another and love the city. Because of their generosity Christmas will be a little more special for these children of needy families.

For those groups who have “adopted” children, there are Spanish Bibles, children’s Bible storybooks as well as teen-appropriate books that are available at the GOC table in Mauze lobby on Sundays through December 1, or contact Cassie McMillan at cassiehager39@gmail.com to make arrangements to get these books.