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WebXtra: Longview church brings Christmas joy with toy hand-out

An East Texas church is doing their best to bring joy to children during the holiday season, giving out toys to children in a drive through format.
Published: Dec. 19, 2021 at 6:49 PM CST
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas church does their best to bring joy to children during the holiday season, giving out toys in a random drive through format.

‘The Bridge’ Church in Longview, devoted their time and energy to helping people have something under the tree at Christmas for their kids.

Some motorists were taken by pleasant surprise on Tyler Street. People giving away Christmas toys for kids.

“This is amazing, it’s wonderful. I am so glad, these are my grand-babies getting toys,” one motorist said.

“Just trying to make a difference again. Tis the season to be jolly. Forgiving. It’s Christmas time, some people are less fortunate, unable to receive, so we just try to fill in that void,” said pastor Rufus Thorn.

Last month members of the bridge, were giving out free food to motorists as they passed by. Sunday randomly giving out toys for people to give to their kids or grandchildren.

“This is to make sure every child gets a toy. We had a lot of people coming through. And it’s just a blessing and feels really good.,” said church member Tamara Byrdsong.

The effort was made possible through donations and church members purchasing toys.

“We solicited every member of the Bridge church of Christ to bring a gift. All we asked was the bare minimum, but they went over and beyond,” Thorn says.

Around 400 toys were happily given out, and happily accepted.

“Such a blessing to see people giving gifts to people at this time of need you know,” said one recipient.

“Anytime you can brighten someone’s day, anytime you can put a smile on someone’s face, hey it’s and awesome feeling,” pastor Thorn said.

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