First United Methodist Church Holds Operation Joy

First United Methodist Church Holds Operation Joy

20 selected families enjoyed food, games and entertainment. And Santa himself, gave out presents to 70 children
JOPLIN, MO-- Joy and laughter filled a Joplin church as dozens of kids ripped opened Christmas presents.

First United Methodist Church teamed up with Bright Futures of McKinley Elementary to help students in need this holiday season. The church held its second annual "Operation Joy" Christmas party Sunday afternoon.

20 selected families enjoyed food, games and entertainment. And Santa himself, gave out presents to 70 children. Each child got exactly what they wished for thanks to the church's youth group.

Along with community donations, the group raised $6,000 to ensure these students had a very merry Christmas.

"It's cool to see the smiles. It's a lot of people working together just to be part of something neat in our community and it's neat thing that families can do together as well," says First United Methodist Church Youth Leader Barry Sanborn.

The children also received a coat, a gift card for shoes and each family got a box filled with food.


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