“Black Friday” Becomes “Bless Friday”: Geographical Reach Expands

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    Beacon of Light Christian Center plans to serve the community surrounding its church, located in south Houston. Pastor Anthony Gasery states, “This year we are offering fruit bags to needy families throughout the community. Our members will assist with filling the bags and then we will walk the neighborhood going house to house, passing out the fruit bags. Last year we passed out over 150 bags of fresh produce (bananas, oranges, apples, and peanuts) and this year our desire is to serve at least 200 families. Our community is filled with people who financially overextend themselves at Christmas. We want to show them a more positive and more spiritual way to celebrate.”

    At St Luke’s Gethsemane campus, United Methodist Women – Servants of Christ will invite neighbors and friends to join their congregation as they hand out care bags in neighborhoods surrounding the church and near their homes. “The bags symbolize thanksgiving for God’s abundance, and our desire to share with our community and welcome them into our church home” says Mireya Ottaviano, local pastor.

    St. John the Divine will send one group to The Beacon to serve food to the homeless and help with laundry and other practical needs. Another group will go to Agape Development to work on improving the physical condition of the residences and community center.

    Bless Friday® was founded in 2010 in Houston to change the way Americans celebrate Christmas.

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