Local church makes gift bags for people who are struggling in the community


In the spirit of Christmas, one church in Frederick County, Maryland is sharing their gift of giving and helping people who struggle with alcohol, drug abuse, or homelessness. 

It is all in the spirit of giving and Calvary Assembly of Walkersville is sponsoring a Sober Christmas project. 

“A lot of these people have been ostracized from there family because of their addiction,” said coordinator of the project, David Brooks. 

The project is to help people struggling with alcohol, drug abuse or those who are homeless.

“I have made it my duty to anyone that is a treatment gets a gift for Christmas,” said Brooks. 

And with a little help from the community, the project has brought in more than $13,000 in donations. The money went towards the purchased items then packaged by the community. 

“I have been in the situation where I was living on the streets,” said volunteer, Vernon Banks. “I want to be able to give back and do some service. It is making me feel better about myself to be able to try and help other people.” 

Not only is Bank’s lending a helping hand, he is also one of many who will be receiving a gift this year. 

“It makes me feel very grateful,” said Banks. 

From blankets to clothing and a Christmas card are just some items people will receive. 

“I am very humbled to receive something of this magnitude in reference to things that can help me out,” said Banks. 

With these gifts, those with the project want to provide encouragement and show that there are still people in the world who care for them. 

“A lot of us we have things, but when you spend time to give things to someone who does not, it should touch their heart,” said Brooks. 

Organizers said they will package nearly 400 recovery gifts and around 100 homeless packages for this year’s project.

The packages and gifts will be shared to people in Frederick and Washington County. 

This is the fourth year the church has done this project. 

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