New Vision Christian Church Senior Pastor Luke S. Hall help to load merchandise into Tresa Perry’s car during the 5th annual Christmas Giveaway at the Forest Park church. The event is co-sponsored by 4 Rivers Feed My People Ministries.
FOREST PARK — “This was very nice of them to do this,” said Stockbridge resident Tresa Perry after she received a trunk-load of groceries from the parking lot of New Vision Christian Church, Saturday.
Perry was shocked when she realized the church’s senior pastor Luke S. Hall helped load her car.
“Oh!” She screamed. “This is so gracious of the church to do this.”
Her driver, Rafino Graves, said he appreciated the giveaway as well. Perry and Graves thanked the pastor and Luke invited them to his Sunday worship service.
The church, located at 5300 Frontage Road, Suite D, in Forest Park, along with 4 Rivers Feed My People Ministries partnered for the “5th annual Christmas Giveaway,” said Hall. He added more than 400 families from Clayton and Henry counties were expected to be fed through the event. There were 175 church members volunteering to hand out the food.
“We wanted to give back to the community because we are a church of the community not just in the community,” Hall said. “Anything we can do to help the less fortunate, we are willing to do.”
As Hall looked around and saw all of the cars in the make-shift assembly line, and other cars waiting to turn into the parking lot, he reflected on the word of God.
“The scripture says that the harvest is plenteous but the laborers are few,” Hall added.
Church volunteers unloaded merchandise from a tractor trailer truck at 6 a.m., and cars began to line up 30 minutes later, for the annual giveaway, according to 4 Rivers Feed My People Ministries Executive Director Allyson Lewis.
Lewis said if it had not been for the church the “5th annual Christmas Giveaway” would not have happened. She was sick with pneumonia the entire month of November, Lewis explained.
“When New Vision church stepped in they made it happen,” she said. “I tried to cancel the event. The church made it sweatless for me because they strategically planned the parking lot and executed their plan. They served in a spirit of excellence. We could not have done this without them.”
Lewis said Feed My People distributed over 400 vouchers to the families and each driver was to show the voucher in order to pick-up groceries. The double-lane assembly line proved to be the most effective way of keeping the drive-thru line moving as car trunks were being loaded, she added.
Pastor Hall credits New Vision Christian Church Minister Toy Williams with implementing the double-lane drive-thru for the giveaway.
“I thought it would be easier and quicker to do it this way,” Williams said. “We are doing what we are suppose to be doing as a church in the community and we needed to give this project our best.”
4 Rivers Feed My People Ministries is a non-profit organization located in Stockbridge. The ministry is celebrating its 10th year of community service, according to the ministries’ board treasure, Roshawn Walker. Walker said Saturday was not the first time New Vision has assisted the ministry.
“Pastor Hall and his church have helped us house, feed and cloth a homeless family with eight children,” Walker said.
Lewis said there are several companies that have donated various items for the give away such as, QT, Home Depot, Clorox, JC Penny, Pottery Barn and Bed Bath and Beyond.
She said Schneider Trucking Company loaned a tractor trailer truck and donated $1,000 along with canned goods.
For the first time, Tyler Perry Foundation donated to the “5th annual Christmas Giveaway.”
“We look forward to a long and lasting relationship with his foundation,” Lewis said.