Reporting Jenn Bernstein
By Jenn Bernstein
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This Christmas, as churches across the region celebrate the birth of Christ, two Philadelphia churches came together to give food and fellowship to those who may not otherwise have it.
It was a Christmas celebration for all at the Parrish of Saint Raymond of Penafort in Mount Airy Tuesday. People and families in need came together to join in singing, delicious food and presents on this holy day.
“I have never actually been in an atmosphere like this, but it’s awesome,” Ereina Covington said.
It’s called “Holiday of Hope” and it was started by a neighboring church, Bethel Deliverance International. Last year, Bethel, a non-denominational church and Saint Raymond, which is Roman Catholic, decided to put this celebration together.
“For folks who are often experiencing difficulty, they can feel a sense of hopelessness,” Father Christopher Walsh said. “This shows that people in the community really do care.”
Kids could play with arts and crafts and they also had what they called a “business shop” where families could shop for toys, toiletries or clothes, all for free.
“Today’s a day that we celebrate Christ’s birth and that no one has to be alone,” Stephanie DaCosta said.
Both churches said they plan on doing this again next year.