Augusta, GA (WJBF) – It’s the season for giving and people across the CSRA are taking this chance to give back to those who need it most.
Whether it’s serving up food, clothes or toys, there are several groups spending their Christmas Eve helping people in need.
People around the CSRA are spreading Christmas cheer to anyone and everyone who needs it.
Volunteers with Thomson’s Church of the Living God are holding their first ever toy and clothing giveaway along with a delicious hot meal for anyone in need.
“It’s important to give back because as god blessed us we supposed to bless somebody else,” Winston Grier with the church said.
Grier says he wants to be able to give back to the community as Jesus did for him.
Dozens of businesses in the Thomson area contributed to this feast, they had enough food to feed 500 people.
“We feel like we should make somebody happy,” he said.
In Richmond County, Toys for Tots is still picking up toys and handing out toys making every child’s Christmas come to life.
“Seeing the parents realize that they are actually going to be able to give their kids a Christmas,” John Johnson explains how rewarding Toys for Tots is.
John Johnson helps out with Toys for Tots every year. This year they were able to provide toys to 15,000 kids across the 26 counties.
“It’s just really rewarding being able to give back to the community and seeing the looks on these people’s faces when we give them the toys for their children who otherwise wouldn’t have had a Christmas,” Johnson said.
Adults aren’t the only ones helping out. Anthony Franchi, a U.S. Marine, hopes to continue this tradition with his daughter at a young age.
“I wanted to bring my children this is the first year that I did that, my one daughter is two years old, so it’s important to me to teach her that at a young age, instill that in her, so she hopefully perpetuates that throughout her life,” Franchi said.
The Salvation Army in downtown Augusta held their free Christmas Eve community meal today as well.