Two local organizations make Christmas extra special
A Northport church and a Tuscaloosa philanthropist stepped up to make sure children in the community had a present this Christmas.
Xavier Hemphill set up at the Jaycee Fairgrounds on Friday, Dec. 23 and passed out Christmas gifts to any child who needed a gift. Hemphill said it felt good to give back.
“We always talked about how giving back to the community was something we liked doing. This past month for Thanksgiving we just decided to feed the less fortunate and homeless. Then we asked, why not do something for Christmas too,” said Hemphill.
Bethel Church of God in Christ in Northport joined forces with Holiday Helping Hands Foundation to also host the inaugural toy giveaway for children of all ages. Together, they gave away electronics, bicycles, and much more.
Bethel Pastor Micah Redd is grateful for the opportunity to give back and be a blessing to the community.
“It’s an honor to partner with Ms. Holliday. To know her is to love her and know her heart. She is a giver from her heart. When you get around her, it’s contagious. I wanted to bring that same love. I wanted to bring that same passion for the outreach here in our town. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a blessing to our local community,” said Redd.
Katina Holliday is the CEO of Holliday Helping Hands. She said it’s truly an honor and a blessing to be able to provide for those in need.
“I know we are able to give toys to kids that wouldn’t otherwise be able to have anything for Christmas,” said Holliday.