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Christmas Came Early for Hundreds of Families in Need of Winter Shoes

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Rochester: Christmas Came Early for Hundreds of Families in Need of Winter Shoes
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Christmas gifts came early to hundreds of families in need of a new pair of shoes.

The Father's House Church held a shoe drive Saturday morning as a way to give back to the community. Hundreds of people lined up outside the Father's House Downtown campus Saturday morning.

"This line is a gift from God and it's our chance to be Jesus to the world," said Mark Ferrentino, Volunteer.

Church volunteers handed out warm pairs of winter shoes to families, free of charge. It's an effort that Angela Staples says saved her family more than a hundred dollars this season.

"Timberland boots are very expensive and we didn't have to come out of our pocket with one dime at all. I think it was a blessing that we were able to sign up and get the boots for our children," said Staples.

The shoe drive was part of the church's mission, called Project 1000.

"The goal is simple it's just to give kids in need here in our city warm pairs of shoes here for the holiday season," said Joe Courtney, TFH's Volunteer and Missions Director.

As part of the mission, many of the church members sponsored a pair of new name brand shoes to be distributed to the more than 700 families, who signed up to recieve them.

"There's a lot of people in need and for the church to give back, it's awesome," said Ebony Dukes, Rochester.

This is the first shoe drive volunteers say the church has done.

"I think the need is greater than the just a pair of shoes, that's the basic need, the practical need, and we want to be there to let them know the church is here to help them meet that need. The greater need is the sense of community that The Father's House wants to provide for people in the city," said Karin Pena, Volunteer Coordinator.

More than 200 volunteers signed up to help make a difference in their community.
To many of them, the gift was in the giving.

"Giving is joy, knowing that you can help someone in need," said Dukes.

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