St. Paul’s Toy Shopping Experience

Greetings Good People,

I’ve recently made the decision no longer to indulge in materialism, particularly associated with the Christmas Holiday. As someone who’s studying the history behind organized religion and African spirituality, disconnecting from Western greed seems to be inevitable. However, I did contradict myself this past weekend by participating in an annual Toy Drive at St. Paul Baptist Church. And I had to spotlight those who helped put a smile on the families’ faces.

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St. Paul Baptist Church, located in Charlotte, NC, hosts an annual Toy Drive that provides free toys to underprivileged children and families. The event took place at the church’s gymnasium where gifts were distributed by church staff members and volunteers. Everything from bicycles, skateboards, toys for toddlers, stuffed animals, board games, athletic sports balls, helmets, and electronics were given to the parents. And although there were no sponsors this year, there were a few major contributors who made this event a success: Toys 4 Tots, Dallas 1 Construction, the Beta Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and B&J Barber Stylist.

I thoroughly enjoyed this event, mainly because I knew that this act of kindness would go a long way. This event does happen annually, so if you have any inquiries on how to sponsor or donate for the next one, please check out their official website. You can also connect with the church on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Until Next Time…

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