Organizations throughout Duval are on high alert with extra generous gratitude for charitable donations to friends, families, food banks, children centers, the lonely and/or isolated. In the North Shore area Gateway to Heaven Christian Church (GTHCC), recently held their inaugural “Gospel around the Grounds, Christmas Toy Giveaway,” on Saturday, December 18, 2021. Pastor Carlton Jones and his team welcomed more than 200 children throughout the North Shore neighborhood. GTHCC secured food from local suppliers and toys from Toys for Tots organization. The toys were reserved for children ages 3-months-old to 14-years-of-age. Activities also included distribution of food, monetary gifts and bicycle raffle. Near the MLK Expressway, Thunderbolt Productions held their 38th Christmas toy giveaway at New Life Community Church. Spearheaded by champion wrestler, Larry Hamilton, volunteers donated 157 gifts and seven new bikes.
By Lynn Jones-Turpin – The reason for the season of giving back is upon us and Jacksonville citizens are leaving no one behind.
As part of its community commitment, Black Men Engaged provided free turkeys and hams to local residents at James P. Smalls Park. Free covid-19 vaccinations and information were available onsite. Future events include a job fair, pop-up vaccination mobile clinic and door-to-door vaccination drives.
“There is no season like Christmas. This is the birth of Christ celebration and helping families in need is the Christian thing to do. As we are blessed we bless others,” said Hamilton.