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Whitewright church keeps the Christmas fire burning

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Volunteers at King's Trail Cowboy Church wait for Project Christmas donations at a fire outside the church. (KTEN) Volunteers at King's Trail Cowboy Church wait for Project Christmas donations at a fire outside the church. (KTEN)
Some of the toys and other gifts collected in the 2019 Project Christmas campaign. (KTEN) Some of the toys and other gifts collected in the 2019 Project Christmas campaign. (KTEN)

WHITEWRIGHT, Texas -- King's Trail Cowboy Church in Whitewright is working on its 11th year of Project Christmas.

It all starts with volunteers and a fire... a fire that never burns out throughout the 14-day project, sparking holiday cheer for less fortunate children and families that might not have it otherwise.

"During the whole Project Christmas, we have somebody here on site to collect donations," said lay pastor Dee Johnson. "So if you work in the middle of the night, whatever, if you come out here at 2 in the morning, there is somebody here manning this fire and able to take your donation."

The two-week donation drive ends with a morning for distribution to those families in need.

"Come up here on distribution day, and you see the tears in some of these peoples' eyes because they didn't know what they were going to do," Johnston said.

Project Christmas serves around 200 families each year, and the church is asking for your help to give everyone that special feeling of Christmastime.

"We collect new clothes, non-perishable foods and new toys, because we want to give them God's very best," said Tia Slawson, a member of the church staff. "We want to give them new things and wonderful things."

But it's more than just that; it's the gift that keeps giving.

"And that's what it's really about... loving on those that don't have... that we can sit up here and we can do this and we can collect these things," Johnson said.

So they'll keep the fire lit at the collection site, 498 Bethel-Cannon Road south of Whitewright, to spread Christmas cheer to all they can.

If you need help giving Christmas to your family -- for whatever reason it might be -- the church asks that you bring your kids with you. Don't worry... the surprise won't be ruined.

"It gives them a chance to give Christmas for their kiddos, and it's such a blessing," Slawson said. 


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