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First Presbyterian Church of Bonham invites area churches to participate in the sixth annual Spirit of Giving Nov. 23
By Carol Amlin, Spirit of Giving Chair, First Presbyterian Church of Bonham
Nov 9, 2019
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Bonham, Texas -- In November of 2018, First Presbyterian Church of Bonham hosted Bonham’s fifth annual Spirit of Giving Community Christmas Party.  Church members and partners donated new and gently used items which were given away, free of charge, to those in attendance.  More than 400 men, women, and children were served during the event, and both volunteers and guests were richly blessed.

The church has plans to hold the sixth annual Spirit of Giving on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on their parking lot.

How does it work?  All donated items are displayed at various stations, including coats, jewelry, household goods, holiday decorations, small furniture items, movies, toys, games, food baskets, etc.  Everyone who attends the event, regardless of age, receives five tickets to “purchase” anything they want for FREE.  Items large and small have a “cost” of one ticket.  There are no income limits, paperwork, or qualifications imposed.

At our 2018 event, we had several returning, and new, partners.  The Chi Lambda Sorority gave away new bed pillows and blankets, and Bonham Psychiatry hosted a station with new blankets.  The K5 Fannin Radio Club served hot dogs and fixings, which were donated by Brookshire’s, to all guests. 

First United Methodist gave away cases of diapers and new toys.  Living Word Church of God gave baskets full of laundry supplies and paper goods.  The Kiwanis Club set up a gift wrapping station for items chosen as gifts.  First Presbyterian Church provided more than 30 brand new bicycles which were given away in a drawing.    

Local Cub Scouts Pack 54 served cookies and hot chocolate and helped shoppers carry out items.  Cole Title Company gave away accessories and miscellaneous household items.  Ivanhoe Baptist Church provided boxes of food to give away.   First Baptist Church Willing Workers Sunday School class gave away baskets of new kitchen items.   Bonham Mosaic provided toiletry items for shoppers.

We are happy to report that the Fannin County Retired Teachers Association will be knitting new blankets and other homemade items to give away this year.

Our goal is to increase the number of groups participating in 2018 to truly make it a Community Christmas Party!  It’s not too late to join!   Your church, organization – or even your family – can identify an item you would like to give away at your station.   

Here are some suggestions:

·         Christmas stockings filled with gift items

·         Kitchen and bath towels

·         New toys and new baby items

·         New, or gently used, coats for children and adults 

·         New socks, all gender and all sizes

Then you simply collect your items, bring them to the FPC parking lot the day of the event, and give them away!  You may want to bring a sign to display to identify your church, organization or business or wear your organization’s t-shirt!

For more information about how to be involved, contact First Presbyterian Church at 903-583-2014 or info@fpc-bonham.org.  Members of our Mission Committee will be glad to answer questions about the event, or speak to your group about volunteer opportunities.  You may also email the organizers at spiritofgivingBonham@gmail.com