A new year has started and as we look back to reflect on what happened during Christmas, we are filled with joy. Our two major Christmas programs were once again a great success due to the commitments and generosity of our donors and volunteers.
Angel Tree had the best attendance in many years; the church was filled with families. Angel Tree is a Christmas program that enables incarcerated parents to connect with their children. Angel Tree parties help connect their families to a church in their neighborhood. Thirty-one people committed themselves to follow Christ and many were connected to a church for the first time. Redeemer sponsored 289 children and over 60 people volunteered to help make this outreach happen.
We also had a record number of “His Toy Stores” set up this past Christmas—nine sites across the city! His Toy Store is an outreach created by HFNY to enable local churches in low-income neighborhoods in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem and Washington Heights to reach out to their communities and invite them to the church to pick up a toy for their child. This past year Hope for New York distributed over 3,500 toys to children of low-income families and over 200 volunteers participated in this outreach.
Please continue to pray with us for all the families who came to an Angel Tree party or a His Toy Store program. We pray that they would continue to attend the church they visited and that their hearts would be opened to the one that frees us and gives us the joy and peace that surpasses all understanding.