Two of my favorite outreaches we do as a church are our Thanksgiving Outreach and Angel Tree. Each year at Thanksgiving people from Calvary donate a bag of groceries filled with everything anyone would need to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. The church takes that bag, puts a turkey with it, and gives one to every family that has been through our benevolence room in the past year, that we have helped out financially, or that we know is just in need of some help this holiday season. One of the highlights of my year is the Saturday before Thanksgiving when we deliver those bags and turkeys to people’s homes.
At Christmas each year, we also support Angel Tree. People from the church come and take a paper angel, which has a gift request from a child on it, and then go out and purchase that Christmas gift for that kid. The cool part about Angel Tree is that every child who gets a gift has at least one parent who is incarcerated, so every gift purchased goes towards giving a child a Christmas they simply would not have without the generosity of others.
I am sure there are lots of other outreaches that other churches do throughout the holidays, but these are two of my favorites we do each year. Two great ways to bless and reach out to families around the holidays.