Children's ministry helps Adopt-a-Family

The First Baptist Church Children's Ministry filled bags with Christmas cheer for the Adopt-a-Family program. Thea Kay Tribble headed the fifth and sixth grade students in collecting items to be given to needy families.
Staff Writer

The hallway at First Baptist Church outside the children's ministry room was crowded with bags filled with items the children were donating to Adopt-a-Family.

"We have children's bags that have school supplies and toys," said Thea Kay Tribble, Children's Minister at FBC. "We also have bags for adults with paper towels, cleaning supplies, disinfecting wipes and household goods."

Tribble said the middle school age children began the project in February. The children have filled 120 bags.

"We've also created birthday bags to give," Tribble said. "They contain a box of cake mix, frosting, paper plates and napkins with a Happy Birthday motif. It's a little something we can do to help make someone's birthday a little better."

Tribble said the children prepared 120 shoebox gifts for Franklin Graham's Operation Christmas Child as a mission project for overseas and did the bags for Adopt-a-Family as a mission project right here at home.

"We weren't reaching for a goal of 120 for either of the projects" Tribble said. "It just worked out that way. But the children and their parents made this possible. It is a great way to show children the joy of giving and doing for other people."

Rachel Pate, director of Adopt-a-Family, said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the children's ministry.

"I can't tell you how wonderful it is for these children to reach out and help other children and families," Pate said. "This is a wonderful way to spread love for others in our own community."

Pate said she could not thank Tribble and the children who have been working on this project for almost a year.

"They even thought of giving the parents birthday bags to help with birthday celebrations," Pate said. "We are so very lucky to live in such a loving community. I know how much the families will appreciate what the children's ministry has done."

Pate said a lot of those on the list to be adopted are elderly people who are able to remain in their homes. She said some are taking part in Lindy's Place, an adult daycare that is part of Community Counseling Services.

"The items in the adult bags are perfect for some of the older people on the list," Pate said. "This project is so thoughtful not only for the children, but for everyone on the Adopt-a-Family list."

Pate said she knows Adopt-a-Family doesn't even touch the tip of the iceberg of those who could use some help to provide presents for their children.

"There are a lot of people who won't apply to Adopt-a-Family out of pride," Pate said. "But we try our best to help those who need it, And son't ever think I do this alone. This is the most generous and loving community. I don't know of anywhere else that do what West Point does for it's own."

Pate said by putting together these bags, the children at First Baptist are touching so many families and she is so grateful for their help.