PITTSBURG — The holiday season isn’t always easy when families have had a rough year financially.
To help relieve some of the burden, Pitt Chapel is hosting “The Joy of Giving,” an annual fundraiser which will allow 200 children in the community to walk into the “Christmas Shop” to pick out a gift for their siblings and parents — and for themselves.
“People who are really struggling this year and could really use a blessing,” Pastor Mark Smithson said.
The event is made possible through donations from the community. The church has set up a donation page on the GoFundMe website under “Pitt Chapel Christmas Giveaway.”
On Dec. 15, the church will start taking applications and are working with schools to pick out families who could benefit from the gifts. People can email Ashley Kincade at atkincade@usd250.org.
People can donate at the church or bring in new toys or other items to the church. The toy drive ends Nov. 25.
After picking out gifts, the family can visit with agencies, like a fair,  which could offer assistance to them.
It is the church members’ calling by God to love their neighbors, Smithson said.
“We have to come together, those of us have a little more should help those who do not,” Smithson said. “We should help and love each other.
“The best way to love someone is to help them.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.