The People’s Church Christmas Celebration
On December 15, 2012 the People’s Church of Long Beach hosted a Christmas Celebration. Toys were given by Santa and Mrs. Claus to the children from Long Beach and the surrounding areas that had been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The sexton, Lee Roy Tuttle, made sure the decorations and the fellowship hall, ruined by the hurricane, were made ready. Much cleaning had to be done. There was still no electric power. Generators provided electric, keeping the event safe and making sure it would be fun. A Christmas Tree had been decorated and lights twinkled. There was music and Christmas Carols compliments of Christine Solimeno. Sharon Abramsom coordinated and planned the event. Family members, friends and congregants helped. The community was very generous in its support. The baked goods donated by Steinberg’s Bake Shop were absolutely delicious with plenty left over to be taken home. Clothing and household items were available for those in need. There were crafts and face painting courtesy of the Hunt family. Project Challenge provided sandwiches, drinks, and other goodies. Another group, North Shore Helps South Shore, headed by Mrs. Alina Ricci, provided many toys and assistance for the event. This group had helped with the cleanup of our church too. Pastor Peter Campo was on hand to talk to all. Many helped with donations and contributing their time. Toys were continually being brought to our church. As a result of so many coming together, the event was a success. Everyone, especially the children, had a great time. For one afternoon, all who attended could put aside their troubles, have fun and enjoy their community again.
Contributed by Lisa Roberts and Johanna Campo
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