Posted on December 17, 2009 at 10:31 PM
Friday, Dec 18 at 12:26 AM
HOUSTON—The holidays bring about a certain amount of joy and warmth for those who look forward to the sights and sounds of the season. And the youngest—and often most eager--- anxiously await a visit from a certain jolly and generous jelly-belly who drops off the goodies.
But during these tough economic times, the season can bring about extra stress and feelings of depression because of a person’s inability to give. But one local church aimed to help those rise above the slump and gave true meaning to the “season of giving.”
Members from the Fellowship of the Fountains church hit the streets of southwest Houston and passed out 30 turkey baskets, including perishable items and can goods to 30 unsuspecting families.
The carolers went to various apartment complexes around West Bellfort and Highway 59 and searched for people in need.
Minister Carlos Jones contacted apartment personnel in one complex who then suggested some families who may be in need, but after that, the church members relied on faith to guide them and went door-to- door.
Those families were then surprised by the sweet sounds of gospel and an arm full of goodies.
“This was my first time ever doing Christmas caroling, so this brought joy to me when we delivered the turkey baskets,” said Angela Armijo, secretary of youth ministry. “Putting smiles on the families’ faces was a priceless picture to see. I was thrilled being able to share the Christmas spirit with others in need.”
The lucky residents showed their appreciation for the Christmas kindness. Many asked to take photos with the carolers and some invited them inside, but the group was too large and there was more joy to spread.
Pastor Albert Roy Tibbs Jr. is pastor of Fellowship of the Fountains. The church is located at 11925 Southwest Freeway in Stafford, Texas.