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Charity plays angel to needy

Christmas may be a little brighter this year for one little boy.
For Brandon, a 17-month-old, it looks like he will be getting what he wants this Christmas thanks to the East Lincoln Christian Ministries.
With help from several volunteers, the organization gave a red wagon to Jackie Hollingsworth’s son, which will be taken home and placed under the Christmas tree.
He also received food and some winter clothing for the family.
“This is really helping a lot,” Hollingsworth said. “We greatly appreciate it.”
The Denver resident is not the only east Lincoln resident who is getting help this Christmas.
This year 175 families received food, and 1000 angel gifts were given out to children up to the age of 18, adults 65 and over and the disabled.
The angel gifts include items under $25 that are on the children’s wish lists and may include clothes for the elderly and disabled.
Winter clothing was also being given out.
Sue Murdock, a volunteer at the ministry said she likes to help as much as she can.
“This is my time to give back to the community,” she said.
The food and angel gifts were given out Thursday, Friday and Saturday at a building across from Rock Springs Elementary.
The Ministry was able to have items organized by numbers, to make it easier for pick-up.
“There were people lined out the door on Thursday morning,” said Gary Murdock, president of ELCM.
Murdock said the amount of families involved this year is about the same as last year.
Each Christmas and other holidays they stay busy, helping those in need.
“A lot of people don’t realize the need in east Lincoln,” he said. “They don’t know that there are that many people here that are needy and need a little extra help.”
In fact, due to the large amount of families who need assistance, East Lincoln Christian Ministries is getting a larger facility with the target date to open of Memorial Day.
The Ministry is moving from their 10,000 square foot building to a 20,000 square foot building on Catawba Burris Road.
For more information contact East Lincoln Christian Ministries at 704-483-4415.

by Amy Wadsworth

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