At least 100 families on Port Arthur’s west side will have a little more Christmas cheer this year after they received toys and other gifts at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Thanks to the efforts of the Port Arthur Police Blue Santa program, Motiva Enterprises, Carl R. Griffith & Associates Inc., Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and Humanity Hope, a Port Arthur-based charity, 107 families will have toys and other items for their kids that they might otherwise have had to do without.
In attendance was Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner Jeff Moseley, who said Christmas is all about giving.
“As much as we enjoy the gift giving and the happiness, we know that that symbolizes the joy that comes from the gifts that God gives us,” he said.
Carl R. Griffith, who helped donate many of the Christmas presents, said he was glad to help Port Arthur’s west side, an area he loves.
“This community has been so good to us,” Griffith said. “Pastor (Randy) Vaughn and I have been like brothers for the past 25 years, I guess. When God blessed us financially, the first thing I did was turn to my friend and say the west side of Port Arthur hurts a lot.”
Pastor Randy G. Vaughn took the podium last, imploring his congregation to be thankful not just for a Merry Christmas, but for the gift of life itself, personified in their fidgety kids who packed the inside of the small Port Arthur church.
“I think it would be remiss on our part to meet in this sanctuary with the anticipation of receiving gifts without thinking and reflecting upon the fact that just this past week one of the greatest tragedies, not just in America but in the world, occurred in Newtown, Connecticut,” he said. “Parents, as we’re seated today, I think it’s important for us to reflect on the fact that the most precious gift is the little gifts that are sitting all around you.”