Christmas party for the homeless Dec. 3, courtesy of Rockford sixth-graders

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Wednesday, Dec. 3, is the 28th annual Christmas party for Rockford’s homeless at Grounds for Life Church at 714 Third Ave., in Rockford, hosted by the sixth-grade students from Rockford Christian School. The party will begin at 3 p.m. with a special Christmas program performed by Rockford Christian sixth-graders, and will be followed by dinner and gifts of warm winter clothing and toys for the children.

The Rockford Christian sixth-grade students will be responsible for serving food to the guests at the party as well as handing out gifts of warm clothing and toiletries, helping with children, and cleaning up the facility at the end of the party.

The entire Rockford Christian School community is involved with this program. Rockford Christian families and alumni donate food and gifts for the children, clothing, such as long underwear, gloves, hats and socks, as well as money to help fund the party.

Based on Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Rockford Christian Schools partners with the Grounds for Life breakfast program, which has been run by Al and Doris English for more than 25 years in the old Covenant Church on the corner of Kishwaukee and Third Street.

The Christmas party for Rockford’s homeless is part of the Live-2-Give service project that the entire school community participates in every Christmas season. The entire Rockford Christian Schools community focuses on those less fortunate through the holiday season by performing a variety of community service projects such as hosting this annual Christmas party and conducting food, coat and toy drives for the Salvation Army. Rockford Christian Schools has participated in serving Rockford’s homeless for 28 years through a variety of programs like the annual Christmas party.

Posted Dec. 1, 2014

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