April 15, 2024

At Liberty Station Saturday, it was a day of preparation for Christmas: a toy to place beneath the tree, meals for the desk, extra clothes for the closet and a brand new haircut to look your best.

All because of Rock Church.

The five-campus San Diego County church welcomed 1000’s of individuals on the twenty seventh annual Toys for Pleasure at their Level Loma locale. They ran an extra occasion at their Chula Vista location.

Greater than 3,800 toys have been distributed on the two areas.

Younger kids rounded a nook to discover a corridor lined with toys for infants to 11-year-olds. Some kids took a couple of minutes to decide on among the many piles of delights.

Regardless of the current film, Barbie dolls weren’t so in style, however princess dolls, nail kits, jewellery makers and dinosaurs have been on many children’ want record.

Mother and father lined up for groceries, checked racks for clothes, bought free haircuts and obtained a free lunch. Households gathered in a grass space for video games and music.

Greater than 400 households obtained groceries, organizers stated.

Households have been chosen by colleges and companion companies and invited to the occasion. Many volunteers, sponsors, companies and group companions labored collectively for the occasion.
However Miles McPherson, head pastor and founding father of Rock Church, wished to ensure that the fabric facet didn’t override the religious part.

“All of the toys and garments are going to wear down, however the transformation God is bringing to your life is everlasting,” McPherson stated.

Central to the occasion was reminding folks concerning the which means of Christmas via the gospels, he stated.

Certainly, volunteers spoke about God being the middle of their lives and so they hope to assist others as an expression of their religion.

Mentioned volunteer Kristina Alcaraz: “We’re exhibiting individuals who Jesus is thru us. It’s crucial to me to indicate that we help San Diego in all methods and points.”

Pleasure Karen Crowell, a four-year Toys for Pleasure volunteer, stated: “Watching the kids be pleased with smiles on their faces once they see that toy that they get — that’s why I do that. To make them very, very completely satisfied.”

She added, “Particularly those who can’t usually get something. That is in all probability the one toy that they may get.”

Denise Bowdler helped give hair trims.

She stated, “Many individuals can’t afford haircuts today with the value of haircuts. I imply it’s not low-cost.”

Additionally slicing hair was Marquese Smith, a pupil with Riggins City Barber School in San Diego,

“I really feel good serving to the group, serving to the children look good for Christmas, giving again to the group,” he stated.

Volunteer Tracy Kite additionally expressed her emotions concerning the annual occasion.

“It’s actually particular for me. Coming right here touches my coronary heart.”

Subsequent weekend, Rock Church will invite different members of the group to obtain items at different of their areas.