We Love Our City Campaign
The Crossroads "We Love Our City" Campaign seeks to show the love to our community throughout the year with different events. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, we're happy to help people with our Always Give Thanks programs.
Crossroads Giving Tree
Tara and Kayla decorate the Giving Tree at Crossroads
80 Crossroads volunteers spent Sunday afternoon wrapping over 800 gifts for 270 children from Fitchburg, Ayer, and Shirley. In September, letters were sent home through local schools, daycares, and the YMCA, looking to identify families in need. Volunteers compiled gift requests to help make the holidays special.
Organized by Kayla Johnson and Tara Perry, the Crossroads Giving Tree hopes to help over 400 children Christmas 2020. “The goal is the kids feel loved at Christmas,” Johnson said, reflecting on why she felt to start this community outreach. “So that no one in our community goes without,” added Perry.
“This is giving; this is what Christmas is all about. By our actions, we’re showing the love of Jesus,” said Outreach Pastor Steve Pare, addressing the crowd of volunteer gift-wrappers.
Volunteers prepare Turkey Baskets for families in need.
Over 100 families in need had a full table this Thanksgiving thanks to Crossroads Community Church. With the help of their major sponsors, Walmart in Leominster and Lunenburg, NewVue Communities, and several other local businesses, Crossroads
organized a community assistance campaign called “Always Give Thanks.”
The 100 families arrived at the church on Saturday, 11/23, to pick up their basket. Each contained a 14-20 lbs turkey from Market
Basket, 7 sides, rolls, and a pie. These Thanksgiving dinners will be prepared and enjoyed at home or with family.
The families were recommended by their local school PTOs, guidance counselors, and school social workers. Several Thanksgiving baskets have also been designated for veterans
and their families.
Why We Do This
Crossroads likes to focus on projects that help kids, single parent families, and widows. Bryan Tomes, the Founding Pastor at Crossroads, believes in an “Attitude of Gratitude.” Crossroads motto is “A Changed Life Changes Lives,” which means that once one person has encountered the love of God personally, their life can change dramatically for the better. Then, they will share that love through service and giving to others. By doing this, an entire family or even a whole community can experience a major transformative change.
“It is better to give than receive,” said Executive Pastor Roberto Cespedes, who oversees the Community Projects at Crossroads. “It makes what we do for the kingdom of God personal. We want to be a blessing to other people.”