The Noel Project, scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at the SeaGate Convention Center, is planning to help more than 500 needy families have a memorable Christmas. Since its founding 30 years ago by Rev. Tony Scott, senior pastor of the Church on Strayer, the Noel Project has helped more than 10,000 families with annual giveaways of food, toys, clothing, bicycles and more.
“With the economic downturn and the unemployment rate higher than ever, many people throughout this city are facing a greater need this Christmas season," Scott said. "We as the church are commanded by Christ to help, and that is what we are doing. At the Church we are about demonstrating our Christian faith in our community.”
The annual project is sponsored by the Church on Strayer and United Way 2-1-1.
“We partner with The Noel Project because they are doing a great work,” said Michelle Davis, Executive Director of United Way Community Outreach Services. “Also, because of the work we do with the Salvation Army, we are able to help prevent duplicate assistance to ensure every family gets the assistance they need.”
The Noel Project provides the following per sponsored family:
• A food box that includes the basic supplies to prepare a Christmas Dinner, including a turkey.
• New unwrapped toys for children 12 and under.
• One children’s bike per family
• Winter Clothing for Adults & Children (coats, scarves, hats, gloves)
Tax-deductible donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 12). Tto support to The Noel Project's purchase of food, winter coats, hats and gloves, bikes and toys, call the Church on Strayer at 419-866-2094, or visit the website at The Noel Project.