By: Emily Johnson
December 22, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church off of Orange Avenue came together this afternoon for their annual Family Reaching Family Christmas Adoption program. "The spirit of Christmas is all about giving it's not the receiving, but it's the giving. We want to make sure that the families in the community know that they are loved by Bethel Church," said Rita Taylor, Co-Chair of the program.
Folks with the church passed out gifts and spread some holiday cheer to more than 50 needy families. Adrian Colson was one of the families touched by the generosity. She has nine children and said she appreciates all that the church has done for her family this Christmas. "It means a lot to me, I really thank them. My kids will be very happy to get them," said Colson.
Bethel A.M.E. spoke with local schools and shelters to find families to adopt for the program. The more than 1600 members in the church body came together to buy the gifts. Items bought were children's clothes, toys and bicycles. "They basically went out and purchased the gifts. We had Christmas lists from various families and children and we went out and purchased the gifts ourselves," said Julius McAllister, Jr., Bethel A.M.E. Pastor.
Bethel A.M.E said they will continue the Family Reaching Family Christmas Adoption program for many more years to come.