SCIOTOVILLE — The Potter’s House Ministries (PHM) in Sciotoville is partnering with NECCO to provide ‘Christmas For Foster Kids’ to children in Hocking, Lawrence, and Scioto counties.
Anita Casper, director of PHM, said they have been working NECCO, founded by Ed and Dorothy NECCO, which is located in Lawrence County, Ohio. PHM will accommodate 72 foster children in the aforementioned counties.
“We are doing Christmas For Foster Kids, so we have chosen a local agency, and we are sponsoring 72 kids this year to give gifts to for Christmas,” Casper said. “It varies from year to year, and this is one of the largest groups that we have done. We have been doing this for about 10 years now, and we are so glad to be able to provide this service.”
PHM was introduced to ‘Christmas For Foster Kids’ through Casper’s own personal experience.
“We kind of got into it because I am a foster parent myself, and have done it for about 20 years,” she said. “I’ve noticed that as kids come into the system, the one thing that they’ve always lacked is Christmas, like a big Christmas. So is kind of how we got started.”
Each annual every is a leap of faith for PHM, Casper said.
“The way it works, is we take on the kids by faith, and then we find sponsors for the children, so we get support from local churches, a few businesses come on board,” she said. “This year at the beginning we only had 29 kids sponsored, and as of last Monday we just took a leap of faith, and decided to do this out of our own funds for the whole sum total of the 72 kids. So what has been happening, is people have just been coming in and giving, and not even knowing that we needed that money. So it has just been by faith, and the Lord handled it. The Lord completely took care of it, and we are good.”
Spontaneous gifts have come continued to come in which have been a tremendous blessing.
“One lady walked in, we’ve known her, she is a woman in community, and said she didn’t know anything about our program, but she wanted to sponsor children,” she said. “She told us that she was adding up the number of children by their ages, and that’s the total amount of dollars that I am giving for Christmas to support what you all are doing. So, that’s just one way that she gave back, and she had no idea that we were so desperately needing 50 plus kids left that needed to be sponsored.”
For the remainder of the process, NECCO made a trip to the Potter’s House to pick up the gifts to distribute at their own Christmas party event to be held on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. on Dec. 19
“It is really a unique party for the kids,” she said. “We all get to go from our board, which makes it nice because our board actually gets to see the kids opening their gifts, and gets to interact with the children. This makes it really nice, because it allows them to see the results of all of the hard work.”
“We are always taking donations, and will hold them back for the next year if we need to,” she said. “So, every year we do this, and it is a really nice service for the community, and the kids have a blast.”
PHM is located at 5409 Winchester Avenue in Sciotoville.
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