KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – Christmas can be tough for parents when they don’t have the resources to provide gifts for their children.
A church in Knoxville is making sure that hundreds of children have something under the tree on Christmas Day.
Donte Church of God is holding a toy drive called Love in Action.
âThey started with 60 kids in grade one and that’s doubling almost every year,â said Mike Morgan, one of the founders.
The workout was started five years ago by his wife, Lola Morgan, and sister Perlene Sexton.
âIt’s just amazing to see parents and mothers who are privileged to have Christmas,â Sexton said.
In just five years, the sister, with help from their church, has gone from helping 60 children to this year, Sexton said:
“We will fill and care for 1,400 children today.”
Lola Morgan explained that they are teaming up with several nonprofits and organizations to make this possible,
“We work with CAC, we work with Helen Ross McNab, we work with school systems.”
They had over a hundred volunteers and Santa Claus to help with the driving on Saturday.
This is a project that their pastor, David Snyder, said he is proud to be a part of,
âDuring trials, that’s when we come together and say hello, we want to help you and be a blessing to others because that’s what Christ would do.â
In addition to giving gifts, the church distributed several hundred boxes of food. Lola Morgan said they are already working on next year.
âWe start in November. We have already started shopping for next year.
Sexton said they just wanted to show love in action by giving Christmas to those in need,
“They will tell us that this is the only Christmas our child will have and that it touches our hearts.”
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