ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The holiday season is nearly upon us and applications are being accepted at a local church for area teens in need of Christmas presents this year. Pastor Joe Dunlap, of House of Grace, says the church is preparing to kick-off its annual Holiday Help for Teens program—which seeks to help parents in need purchase gifts for their teens.
“This coming week—well, starting tomorrow—it will be Wednesday, Thursday sign-ups from 5 to 6:30 right here at the House of Grace. And then, Saturday morning here it will take place from 10 AM to 12 noon. You come here and sign your children up; and this is our fifth year of doing teens for Christmas.”
House of Grace began the program after being notified that most area programs focus on children rather than teens.
“The Angel Tree goes up to the age of 12. And then, we were approached by someone asking us if we would take over from the age of 13 up; and I said ‘We would love to do that’. And the community usually helps us—gets together they support they give. It allows us to be able to go buy gifts and be able to help the teenagers.”
After applications for assistance have been reviewed, parents will be contacted and able to pick-up unwrapped gifts before Christmas. For more information, contact House of Grace located on Maysville Pike.