WHITEWRIGHT, TX - Christmas is the season of giving and several Whitewright churches have joined forces to collect food and toys for those in need. It's the third time around for Project Christmas, and with a little faith, the drive gets bigger and bigger each year.
Hunkered down just off of Highway 11 in Whitewright are the selfless patrons of Project Christmas.
"With the economy and everything, there's a lot of people hurting and this is another opportunity for everybody to give," said Pastor Jason Norton.
The King's Trail Cowboys Church and Whitewright Ministerial Alliance have partnered up to collect food and toys for families in need over the Christmas holidays. It's the third year for the drive, but the first year for the new location and Norton wants to get the word out.
"If you go to the four-way stop sign in Whitewright across the street from Dairy Queen, it's at the old Ford dealership."
They're in need of new toys, new clothes, non-perishable food items, and toiletries. They accept monetary donations as well. In addition, this year they wanted to stress the importance of bringing area churches together for the cause.
"One of our biggest goals is to bring everybody together on the same page," sais Pastor Leon Vezey, "because we represent the same cause and the same God who cares for people in need."
They'll be collecting donations 24/7 up until December 20th. Then they will start handing it all out to anyone in need at 8 am on December 21st at the old middle school in Whitewright. So far donations have been slow, but if there's one thing Norton has a lot of, it's faith.
"I think when word gets out it'll come together," Norton said. "The Lord will bless it."