Action Ministries Augusta launches annual Christmas giveaway

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 6:59 PM
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As November approaches, the Rev. Gregory DeLoach is focusing on the season and spirit of giving.

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As guest speaker the Rev. Gregory DeLoach waits (left), John R. Moeller Jr., the CEO and president of Action Ministries, addresses guests during the Action Ministries' annual White Christmas kickoff at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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As guest speaker the Rev. Gregory DeLoach waits (left), John R. Moeller Jr., the CEO and president of Action Ministries, addresses guests during the Action Ministries' annual White Christmas kickoff at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church.

On Tuesday, he spoke to a gathering of about 25 people at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church for the annual White Christmas kickoff event of Action Ministries Augusta. This year, about 500 families with 1,800 children will receive gifts donated by area churches, businesses and individuals.

DeLoach, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Augusta, encouraged the crowd to continue giving even after leaving the event. Proceeds from the luncheon help purchase whole chickens that are included in 250 food baskets distributed to mostly elderly adults and some who are disabled and homebound.

“In Augusta, Georgia and the CSRA, as great as these figures are reaching 500 families, 1,800 children and 250 adults, as great as that accomplishment is ministering to that many families, there are so many more that get marginalized and left out,” he said.

Action Ministries has finished accepting applications from those seeking assistance at Christmas. The organization needs sponsors to fulfill wish lists of the children and shop for the gifts throughout November.

Gifts for each child total about $70 including toys, bicycles, clothing, jackets and pajamas.

“There are a lot of people who are deciding how am I going to pay the light bill if my child wants something,” DeLoach said. “What parent wants to disappoint their children?”

HOW TO HELP

Can you give toys, clothing and food this holiday season? Action Ministries Augusta needs businesses, churches and individuals to sponsor children in need of gifts. Call Melissa Wheeler or Laurie Cook at (706) 722-8195.

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Or a copy cat? Duplication of services is rampant in the CSRA. Be wise in your giving.

All agencies do not coordinate information on the needy. There are so many who propose to serve the needy.

Do not trust everyone who wants others to give time, money, toys and food while they ADMINISTRATE? Look up their 501 status? Do they provide their financial records online? What are the salaries of the director and staff? Is the director a volunteer? You would be amazed.

Give Act and Pray. Be wise in your stewardship. Do the most good.

The Salvation Army, The Golden Harvest Food Bank, Catholic Services, Empty Stocking, The US Marines Toys For Tots (which are given for distribution to charitable agencies)

When you volunteer, ask how much reaches the point of need. If you are truly giving for others, make sure the needy are receiving.

Does it matter? Yes. If one client goes to ten agencies and gets assistance from all, nine go without help.

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