[Photo: Families gathered for the “Angel Tree” and Andy’s Box thanks to Maggie’s Outreach, Full Effect Gospel Ministries and support from many sponsors. (Contributed photo)]
More than 150 Hoke County youth and their families got help this Christmas thanks to the support of community donors through “Andy’s Box.”
Maggie’s Outreach Community Economic Development Center along with the Full Effect Gospel Ministries Church of Raeford held the community “Angel Tree” and Andy’s Box Family Toy 2021 Christmas giving campaign, “A Christmas Hope.”
The joint venture program celebrated Saturday, December 19 by giving out gifts to more than 150 children.
“Pastor Ophelia Ray, the CEO and founder of Maggie’s Outreach, has a love for children and Christmas and it shows in her giving,” the organization said in a statement.
“This year Ms. Ray widened her vision and aimed to fulfill the hearts and homes of the youth and families served within all Maggie’s Outreach youth programs and for families of incarcerated parents sponsored by FEGM Church. Not only were the youth of the programs provided the gift of their choice but also other youth within the home.”
Community sponsors that helped with the program included Divine Home Care, military widow P. James, Mr. Kitchen of Sanford, ADAC Management Group Inc., Min. Anita Nettles, Rep. Garland Pierce, Smithfield Farms, Food Lion, Superior Bakery in Hope Mills, Chik-Fil-A in Fayetteville, and Dollar Tree in Pembroke, plus many more.
“Ms. Ray and the whole organization would like to thank each family, business and individual who found it within their hearts to support the youth and families of Hoke County as she was able to show these youths that Jesus is the reason for the season,” the organization said in a statement.