St. Peter A.M.E. Zion Church hosts drive-thru giveaway

St Peter Ame Zion Giveaway

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Michaela Redmond

A local church gave out so much more than candy for Halloween this year.

St. Peter A.M.E. Zion Church hosted a drive-thru giveaway as part of its Hallelujah Christian Fellowship Sunday.

Participants pulled up and followed a line of orange cones to receive their gifts, including hot dogs, candy and adult and children’s Halloween masks and two containers of sanitizer wipes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

St. Peter A.M.E Zion Pastor Patrick Freeman said the event was all about giving back.

“The Bible tells us that we go into the community and bless the community,” said Freeman. “He says it’s better to give than receive so we want to give.”

Church Christian Education Director Cynthia Smith said the drive-thru was a fun way to keep people safe.

“We’re kind of at a place where things are trying to get toward normal,” said Smith. “We are still trying to follow the CDC guidelines and we decided not to try and bring in moonwalks and things like that.”

The church sponsored the event through gifts from parishioners, and Freeman said all it took was Christian love and volunteers.

“We read where it says that wherever we find our hands, to do good in the name of Jesus,” said Freeman. “Christian love brought us together and love will keep us together.”

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