More to give

Peo­ple’s Church once again plans “The Big Give,” with even more hol­i­day cheer to spread around.

The Oklahoman - - FRONT PAGE - BY CARLA HIN­TON Re­li­gion Ed­i­tor chin­[email protected]­la­homan.com

A metro area church’s Christ­mas give­away event was so suc­cess­ful last year, the con­gre­ga­tion is plan­ning to host the ex­trav­a­ganza once again with even more hol­i­day cheer to spread around. In other words, “The Big Give,” set for Dec. 16 at Peo­ple’s Church, is get­ting big­ger. In 2017, Peo­ple’s Church pre­sented a car to a fam­ily as a spe­cial sur­prise for “The Big Give.” Andy Wynn, the church’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion’s direc­tor, said not one but two cars will be given away this year as part of the hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties. Wynn said one fam­ily in the church do­nated a car that the church gave to a sin­gle mother at the 2017 give­away event. He said this year, two fam­i­lies in the church have do­nated cars for “The Big Give.” “It’s al­ways our de­sire to bless as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble be­cause we be­lieve it’s more blessed to give than to re­ceive,” he said. In ad­di­tion to the car give­away, “The Big Give” ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude the distri­bu­tion of new toys to chil­dren who at­tend wor­ship ser­vices with an adult on Dec. 16 at the church’s main cam­pus, 800 E Brit­ton Road, and its satel­lites. Ash­ley Peters, the church’s events direc­tor, said Peo­ple’s Church mem­bers re­sponded to the ini­tia­tive with en­thu­si­asm and do­nated lots of toys last year. She said the church gave away more than 2,000 toys at that time. Wynn said church lead­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions were high but the con­gre­ga­tion sur­passed them. At this year’s event, chil­dren and fam­i­lies will be in­vited to drink hot choco­late and visit with fun cos­tumed char­ac­ters. Wynn said “The Big Give” was born out of the Rev. Her­bert Cooper’s de­sire to reach out to the com­mu­nity at Christ­mas time. Cooper, the church’s founder and se­nior pas­tor, had noted that the church was al­ready con­duct­ing out­reach events at other times of the year. “God said you take care of my peo­ple and I will take care of the church so we’re not look­ing to get any­thing out of this. We know that fam­i­lies are spread­ing their re­sources to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies’ needs and Christ­mas presents for their kids,” Wynn said. “We’re ex­cited to part­ner with those fam­i­lies so they can take that pres­sure off their list. This is the heart of Je­sus — to look out for those who are in need.”

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A child re­ceives a toy dur­ing the 2017 “The Big Give” Christ­mas give­away event at Peo­ple’s Church.

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