WHITEWRIGHT, TX - Thanks to Whitewright's Project Christmas more than one hundred families will have a merry Christmas this year.
Volunteers have been collecting donations for the past month and today they handed it all out to local families in need. But, it wasn't just the families who benefited.
Walking into the Whitewright Community Center gym this morning, you were met with smiling faces and an infectious feeling of joy and hope that seemed to come from everywhere.
"That's one-hundred percent god in the form of the holy spirit." "Well you know that's Christ. He's the season for our giving," said volunteers.
Dozens of families in need picked up bags of food, clothes, toiletries, and toys all collected over the last month by the King's Trail Cowboy Church and Whitewright Ministerial Alliance for Project Christmas. Carrie is one of many people who will now not only have gifts for her family, but the basic necessities. To her it's obvious.
"That's god. That's exactly what it is," said Carrie. "That's God and that's God's love just flowing through all these people."
Volunteer Eddie McCartney felt it too. "We're a part of this wonderful and great thing of giving and it's an overwhelming thing."
Walter Daniels has a family of four that will now have presents under the tree Christmas morning. "I'm very grateful for it and knowing it was all because of the love they have in their heart for Jesus."
In all, more than 100 families and 250 children were helped through Project Christmas. Pastor Jason Norton has volunteered for the last three years. For him, the feeling is unlike anything else.
"It makes a six-foot-three guy act like a big old kid," Norton said. "It just gets you all messed up inside just knowing how many people are being blessed and it does prove that it's better to give than to receive."