Two charities working blocks from each other in Chino last Saturday shared the same Christmas spirit.
The Isaiah Rock toy and gift distribution began on Friday night (Dec. 22) with a traditional campout. Chino Boy Scout Troop 202 provided warm drinks and food. Charity co-founder Charlene King sang Christmas carols with the group.
“This is my favorite part of the event every year,” she said. Saturday marked their 28th toy and food distribution for 1,200 families in Chino, and the first without co-founder David King, who died in October.
Lesah Handford, the founder of PROV 31 Ministries which is based in San Bernardino, with several volunteers held a Christmas event nearby at the Chino Community Center.
The choir from Christ Embassy Church in Ontario performed and church members checked people in and helped with refreshments and toys.
Ms. Hanford gave a brief sermon before walking each family through tables where gifts were arranged by age and gender. A bag of personal care items for men and women wrapped in cellophane, were also displayed. “I could definitely tell that everyone was touched and everyone felt loved,” Ms. Handford said. “That was my goal that they could truly feel God’s love.”
This is the ministry’s 17th Christmas giveaway. Ms. Handford said PROV 31 Ministries also does hospital visits, homeless outreach and other activities throughout year.