VAN ALSTYNE, TX – The holidays are a time for giving, but one pastor in Van Alstyne is taking that philosophy to a whole new level. He’s braving the cold temperatures and going without this year so that others might have more this Christmas.
"His faith is a lot, so strong, more than I can even imagine, so I know he can do it," said Amy Foster, a member of the King’s Trail Cowboy Church in Van Alstyne.
Jason Norton's faith was put to the test on the cold, blistery Wednesday morning when he woke up in a tent covered with snow.
"I was thinking here it is we're going to see how serious you are, the first day it rains the second day it snows,” said Jason Norton, Pastor of the Cowboy Church.
He's taking a different approach to helping families in need this Christmas season.
"If this can inspire people to do more, then what is it to miss a meal if some little kid gets a present, and the mom and dad don't have to worry about the bills for at least a little bit and gets a little bit of relief," said Norton.
Jason will spend 25 days in a small tent. No food - just water and a cup of coffee, good company and his faith to keep him going.
"Does it worry me? Yeah it worries me, probably worries my wife more, but it's a good thing and I’m going to take it one day at a time," said Norton.
Over the next 23 days they hope to fill an 18-wheeler trailer with food, toys and clothing donations to help families in need have a happy Christmas.
Anyone can stop by at the corner of FM 121 and Highway 5 to drop off any number items at their camp.
"Just part of a Christian spirit. I drove by and I was going in to get my hair cut and I thought you know, these people are doing wonderful things I can run by the grocery store and drop stuff off,” said Cathy Atkins of Van Alstyne.
Jason is passionate about helping others this winter and feels it was his calling to go without so that others might have a little more this Christmas.
"I mean everybody that's lived longer than 30 minutes knows that there's hard times out there and I thought it would be a good way that one, God would get all the glory, and two you see somebody do that and they're like - one what's wrong with him or two if he's going to do that I can at least go get some can goods and throw it up in the truck," said Norton.
A small tent will be his home for the next 23 days at the corner of FM 121 and Highway 5 in Van Alstyne, where you can stop by anytime to drop off non-perishable foods and new clothes and toys.