Helping those in need during the holidays

The Elsberry community is giving all year round, but especially during the Christmas Holiday season.  For many years three organizations have teamed up to distribute food and gifts to those in the community in need.  The Elsberry United Methodist Church (UMC), Elsberry Ministerial Alliance (EMA) and Elsberry FFA members coordinate these projects and this year everything turned out to be happening on Saturday at the UMC Church

The Elsberry UMC coordinates the annual giving tree. This holds the names of children/families  who need a little help this season with  presents  under the Christmas trees. This year 38 families were provided for totaling approximately 95 kids. Church members and people in the community adopt these children and provide the gifts that are delivered to their parents. Many volunteers showed up on Saturday morning for delivery routes to distribute the gifts, and vehicles were loaded from the side door of the church.

At the same time the EMA was distributing food baskets for 75 families out the front doors of the Elsberry UMC.  Also available to these families is the opportunity to receive presents that are given by the members of the Elsberry FFA Chapter. Christmas Kindness gives members the opportunity to give back to the community. There were 30 families that received presents.

To coordinate such  large events a lot of communication is needed and many volunteers. This involved Jason Miller, UCM coordinator, Kim Jones, EMA coordinator, and Jason Vanidvort and Sarah Ray, FFA advisors, as well as, all Elsberry Church ministers  and of course all the people who either donate presents, food or their time to fulfill all the needs.  

Miller and Jones echoed each other sentiments that with all the communication between the groups more people were served.  They added, “We like to spread the wealth per say, and if we don’t double up distribution to the same families, we are able to serve more. Thank you to anyone who helped Saturday be a huge success and blessing to many.”