Charitable organizations throughout the country have gathered resources, volunteers and food to feed thousands of families in need this holiday season while offering them a moment of celebration amid their less fortunate situations.
In Los Angeles, Union Rescue Mission (URM) started its Thanksgiving outreach event early as part of its effort to feed over 180,000 people between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Last weekend, URM fed over 3,000 individuals suffering from financial disparity from Skid Row, Los Angeles' most notorious neighborhood known for its high rate of homelessness.
"It seems to be the very same as during the years of the great recession," said Kitty Davis-Walker, spokesperson for URM, to The Christian Post. "It appears that these tough times are still hitting low-income folks the hardest." more >>
Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association (AHA), which effectively stopped two schools from participating in Operation Christmas Child by threatening lawsuits, said he's satisfied with the outcome.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, AHA sent letters to East Point Academy in West Columbia, S.C., and SkyView Academy, a charter elementary school located in Douglas County, Colo., threatening to file lawsuits against the schools if they continued to participate in Operation Christmas Child, a project of evangelist Franklin Graham's international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse that seeks to deliver Christmas toys to needy children throughout the world.
Containing small gifts, the shoeboxes also include a small note inviting recipients to join in Christianity. more >>
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, talked about the government shutdown, the future of the Republican Party, helping the poor and his Christian faith, in an interview with The Christian Post.
In his new book, Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge, with co-author Marc Thiessen, Walker writes about his battles with public sector unions and the recall effort. Using lessons he learned from those battles, Walker has many word of advice for his Republican Party.
"Things may look hopeless in Washington, D.C.," he wrote, "but from where I sit in Wisconsin, the view is decidedly more hopeful and optimistic." more >>
Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. shared the woes of African Americans whose loyalty to the Democratic Party hampers their political leverage. Republicans should reach out to blacks and Hispanics through faith-based policies on the family and urban development, he argued
"If you have one party that owns you, it's hard to get the greatest advantage," Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church and founding president of High Impact Leadership Coalition, told The Christian Post this week. Jackson insisted that Republicans can't win "by just touching a few Hispanics – they need a more brown policy agenda."
In order to pick up minorities, the GOP should emphasize faith issues, Jackson argued. He criticized the Mitt Romney campaign for failing to explain how the candidate's Mormon values resemble those of most Christians across the country. Romney missed a great opportunity by not capitalizing on his agreement with blacks on the marriage issue, or with Roman Catholics on pro-life issues, the pastor claimed. more >>
An international Christian relief organization was helped in its efforts to distribute food in the typhoon devastated areas of the Philippines after television personality Stephen Colbert challenged his loyal viewers to raise more money than the nation of China pledged.
Last Friday, Colbert expressed his disgust that "the nation of China pledged only $100,000," and challenged the "Colbert Nation" to "out-donate China." Colbert pointed his followers towards a donation text message and number for Convoy of Hope, a Christian poverty relief organization that helps millions across the world. David Donaldson, the ministry's co-founder, told The Christian Post earlier this week that his organization has raised nearly $300,000 for Philippine relief, due in part because of Colbert's effort during his show.
"[Colbert's challenge] helped us a ton with expanding our demographic reach," Donaldson said. more >>
Fulfilling a promise they made during the government shutdown, members of the anti-poverty coalition "Circle of Protection," are delivering 535 "Poverty and Justice" Bibles into the hands of senators and representatives this week.
Over the course of the 16-day-long government shutdown last month, members of the 65 denominations and relief and development agencies composing the coalition, publicly read the nearly 2,100 Bible verses pertaining to poverty and justice and vowed to reinforce the Scripture's messages to their Congressmen and women.
Beau Underwood, the Director for Campaigns and Advocacy at Christian social justice group Sojourners, said that as the government shutdown looked imminent, many of the Circle of Protection's members began discussing how Christians ought to respond to it. more >>