Christmas for Peoria Children Home

By Beau Ebenezer

December 25, 2012 Updated Dec 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Area children in need had their own special Christmas, thanks to one local church.

The New Testament Fellowship Church held their annual Christmas in the Village Dinner for the Peoria Children Home and the Youth Farm.

After getting a big helping of food, children each received a present donated by local businesses along with a gift basket.

Organizers said that without the event many children would go without celebrating Christmas each year.

"This is our future generation and a lot of these kids have issues and things like that, and we want to let them know that they are part of the future just like anyone else," said New Testament Fellowship Pastor Sam Russell.

"It's nice because some people don't get to have Christmas and for them to be able to come to a church and have Christmas, it's really nice," said volunteer Sabrya Wright.

This is the New Testament's tenth year bringing Christmas to children in the area.

$4,000 was collected this year for the food and gift baskets handed out.

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