Christmas Shopping in Watertown That Doesn’t Cost a Penny
Church holds event with free Christmas items
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / December 5, 2014
WATERTOWN, NY – This weekend, a Watertown church is hosting a Christmas shopping marketplace unlike what most people are used to because it will be missing one thing- a cash register. New Life Christian Church, 255 Gaffney Dr. has turned their lobby into a marketplace void of price tags, where all items are up for grabs, for free.
“We wanted to do something nice for the community this Christmas, and what better way than giving away free items people can use for Christmas gifts?” Says Senior Pastor Kirk Gilchrist.
The event will be held on Saturday December 13 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the New Life Christian Church lobby. Free items include children’s books and toys, home decor items, and even electronics. All items have been donated by members of New Life Christian Church.
“We asked our members to bring items of value. The key is something that hurts or is difficult to give away. So you can expect that there won’t be any junk. It’s all going to be stuff that we ourselves would be thrilled to receive on Christmas,” said Associate Pastor Christopher Hopper.
This Christmas Marketplace is part of a two-day giving extravaganza. Following the morning marketplace, New Life is distributing Christmas gifts to children in need from around the county. They’ve partnered with Urban Mission and the The Children’s Home of Watertown to obtain names and wish lists for specific children, then solicited the help of its congregation to purchase the gifts. Additionally, CiCi’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery of Watertown have joined the festivities, distributing fifty meal boxes containing turkeys, hams, and all the sides for a traditional Christmas dinner.
“We love the idea of giving back to this community and thought that food boxes would be something lots of people could use, especially this time of year,” says CiCi’s General Manager Joel Berthet.
“Not everyone can afford to do the things they want to for their families, and this is our small way of saying ‘We want to help,’” adds Casey Seawright, General Manager at Cold Stone.
As part of the final day of giving, New Life is providing its congregants with 4 gifts to be given away after each of their five services (Main Campus 8:30, 9:45, 11:15, 12:30 PM, North Campus 10:00 AM). Then, Sunday Evening, the Main Campus will host a Christmas Concert to celebrate the advent of Christ. Music will be performed by gifted artists and accompanied by live music. Admission to the concert is free and is open to the public. Doors open at 5:45 PM.
ABOUT NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: New Life Christian Church has two campuses in Jefferson county. Their main campus is located at 255 Gaffney Drive in Watertown and their North Campus is located at 32487 Rt. 12 in Depauville. New Life Main Campus offers four services each Sunday. New Life is a Bible believing, Jesus centered, Spirit filled church. New Life’s Vision is simple: Love God and Love people. For more information visit www.newlifenny.com or download their app in the Apple App Store or Google Play store, or just search: newlifenny