Last weekend, nearly 400 people came out for Chestnut Ridge Church’s Generosity Campaign Party. Everyone worked together for a day of service that impacted the community, state and world.

The atmosphere was lively and energetic, and the Christmas music in the background seemed to put everyone in the giving spirit. Over 350 shoeboxes were packed for Operation Christmas Child; hundreds of donated winter coats were sorted; gloves were matched; scarves and hats were organized; and giant light orbs were created.

Attendees enjoyed a free lunch provided by Little Caesar’s Pizza, Fox’s Pizza, and the Boston Beanery. All food was donated to the event by the restaurants, as well as one very generous donor who attends the church.

This year, The Ridge is also serving as a drop-off location through November 24 for Operation Christmas Child for the Morgantown area. From here, the packed shoeboxes will be shipped to a processing center, then delivered to children in over 100 countries around the world through Samaritan’s Purse.

The coats, hats, gloves and scarves generously donated by The Ridge attendees are available at no charge to those in need in the community through November 24. All remaining items will be donated to local organizations, including Christian Help.

And those orbs? They’ll dot the church lawn this Christmas season. The hope is that the orbs will draw people to drive by the church to see the lights, where they’ll also find details about Christmas service times.

To each person who donated shoebox items, gave a coat or winter item to keep someone warm this season, or attended the Generosity Party, you’ve made a difference… Thank you!

To find more information on the Generosity Campaign, click here.

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