Pastor John J. Hunter with children at the FAME Christmas Giveaway
Young people received free toys at the giveaway.
The First AME Church of Los Angeles celebrated a joyous holiday season uniting the community and sharing in God's many blessings.On Thursday, December 23rd the FAME Assistance Corporation and FAME, in cooperation with Congresswoman Maxine Waters, sponsored a Christmas Giveaway for Jordan Downs residents. Residents and volunteers came together during this season of giving and gave away hundreds of free turkeys, groceries and toys, making sure that all in the community could enjoy the season and have a Merry Christmas."This is a tradition that goes back 20 years," said Pastor John J. Hunter. "Every Christmas, we serve thousands of families in keeping with the mission of FAME and giving back to the community. This is the season we can really show our love and appreciation towards one another."To further celebrate the meaning of the season, members of FAME also participated in the FAME Angel Tree Drive for Foster Children. The Drive has been in existence since 1989. The number of children serviced is usually 350-400, but this year, due to the poor economy and so much despair, over 500 children were serviced. These children are from six agencies around the City of Los Angeles, as well as a number of foster families through FAME."We are so proud of the work FAME is doing throughout the community, and in particular throughout this holiday season," said First Lady Denise Hunter. "On behalf of the entire congregation, we extend a special thank you to our hard working foster care and Adoption Committee led by our own Jackie Houston-McNeal.""God's love is so clearly seen through the generous giving of the congregation to these special children," said Houston-McNeal. "Miracles happen every season, and it is because our hearts are open to doing the Lord's work, to bless these children in wonderful ways. We so greatly appreciate the Members of FAME, and thank them for letting God use them in such a mighty way."For news and information on the outreach Ministries of First AME Church of Los Angeles, please visit our website at WWW.FAMECHURCH.ORG