Longview ministry provides for families in need on Christmas

Published: Dec. 25, 2021 at 2:36 PM CST
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Christmas day and one East Texas church continues a tradition of giving to others in need, and keeping that giving year round.

For the 21st year, members of ‘New Beginnings Faith Ministries’ in Longview, gave up their Christmas day to help needy families with presents for their kids, and food for the homeless.

All done with their own money.

“Getting no grants, nothing. It’s all strictly the people here at New Beginning. They spend their own money, to make sure that they get everything that the kids ask for and more. It was new people, a lot who had never been here before. A lot of them going through hard times,” says pastor Gloria Lewis.

The effort helped provide Christmas presents for 125 families, who otherwise would have had nothing for their kids on Christmas day.

“They’re very happy and pleased, overwhelmed with joy that someone would take the time and effort to buy their kids gifts,” said one volunteer.

“We have money for the parents, we have gift cards. That maybe help them pay a bill,” Lewis says.

Not just a one day thing for the ministry, they feed the homeless and needy every day, 365 days a year, again through their own funds.

“Well the homeless need help year round. It’s a year round thing everyday thing. There are homeless people everyday, all day, not just Christmas and Thanksgiving,” says volunteer Darreia Williams.

More than just food or presents, but giving kindness to people who need it.

“It’s a blessing to be able to give to somebody else and see the joy on their face,” Williams says.

“We’re here to help, because we are our brothers keeper,” the pastor says.

New Beginnings feeds the homeless each day either at their church facility, or by delivering meals to those living on the streets every day.

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