Special Photo: Anita Hammer tells a children’s story about Christmas to youngsters during the Annual Community Christmas Program at Community Bible Fellowship in Hampton.
Dozens of youngsters turned out for the CEO (Community Equipping Outreach) Ministry’s Annual Community Christmas Program.
The ministry is an outreach of Community Bible Fellowship Church, which is led by Pastor John Dewberry.
The church, which meets inside Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, hosted the event on Dec. 18. It was designed to minister to children of all ages, according to the pastor’s wife, Sharon Dewberry.
The CEO Ministry adopts children from needy families for Christmas, and has hosted the giveaway initiative for the past eight years.
The outreach, with the support of local businesses and private donors, was able to purchase gifts for the youngsters, and provided them with a banquet meal, goody bags, and photographs with Santa.
Sharon Dewberry said this year’s effort was the largest, and most successful, for the Community Christmas Program, which has grown from serving 10 youths, to 100 youngsters this year.
“This ministry partnered with community donors and out-of-state donors to make the needs of families’ Christmas dreams come true,” said Sharon Dewberry. “The ministry has decided that it will remain with the number of 100 kids, so they can minister to the kids God allows them to adopt effectively.”
She noted that her husband, Pastor John Dewberry, and Atlanta Motor Speedway General Manager Ed Clark, are working to see if the Atlanta Motor Speedway Children’s Charity can be involved in next year’s Community Christmas Program.
Individuals or businesses, who would like to help sponsor the CEO Ministry’s 2012 Community Christmas Program, should call Sharon Dewberry, at (770) 313-2741.