JONESVILLE — The Christmas spirit was in the air at The Potter’s Storehouse on Saturday.
The Potter’s Storehouse held its final food distribution event of 2013 Saturday morning. Being four days before Christmas, the event included much more than most of the church’s distribution events (held twice a month).
In the church sanctuary, a Christmas tree was surrounded by a mountain of toys and books. Over 300 people were gathered inside the sanctuary at 11 a.m. when Santa Claus made the first of two visits to TPS on Saturday. The majority of those in the sanctuary sang “Here Comes Santa Claus” and children clapped and yelled with delight to welcome Santa to TPS. Santa talked with each child in attendance, and each child was then allowed to take two toys and a book from beneath the Christmas tree.
“We’re so glad to see all the kids here today,” said Pastor Don Moore, who estimated that around 750 families were served on Saturday.
The event included the distribution of meats, a variety of fresh produce, and numerous items such as toiletries, medicines and health and beauty items.
TPS volunteer Della Hill — who is also a member of the vocal group Serenity — sang Christmas carols after instructing those who were about to receive distribution items. Hill asked them to remember the meaning of Christmas and to “pay it forward.”
“Freely you receive, freely give,” Hill said. “If there is something you don’t like or can’t use, give it to someone else. Pay it forward to a neighbor or a friend or family member. Pay it forward. Be kind to one another. It’s not about the gifts under the tree, and it’s not about Santa.”
One lady who received a box of food and other items hugged and thanked Pastor Don Moore, as she told him that her husband died on Christmas Eve two years ago. She and Moore wished each other a merry Christmas.
“That’s why we do it,” Moore said as the lady walked back to her car.
The Potter’s Storehouse began food distribution four years ago. As the program has progressed Moore and volunteers have perfected a system of sorting through items, packing boxes, organizing distribution lines, and loading cars. Since the program’s inception, it has operated purely through donations.
“It’s a blessing for us to be able to provide these things for people,” Moore said. “The Lord is in it, or we wouldn’t be able to keep going.”
To make a donation, volunteer, or receive more information about the TPS food distribution program, call Pastor Don Moore at (864) 680-3465.