NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In Nacogdoches, dozens of volunteers spent their Christmas providing a better one for those in need. The Healing Center held its 'Bags of Hope' event Friday.
"It's not about what you receive it's about what you give," Karmen White, marketing director at the Healing Center said. "When you give, you receive more than any gift. That's the biggest gift of all."
At the healing center in Nacogdoches they pride themselves on helping those in crisis.
"He wants us to serve our community and take care of those who are less fortunate," Kimberly Russell, assistant director for healing center said. "It's biblical that we're supposed to take care of those in need. We're planning to keep this going year round."
On Christmas day the center wanted to make sure no one in the oldest town in Texas went hungry or without prayer.
"We have many that cry in prayer and say I really need this or can you please pray for me," Russell said. "We are more than happy to do that for them."
"God has put these people in my life for a reason," Jennifer Greer, an attendee said. "Showing me that I am loved. I've always felt like I've never been loved before."
Some people woke up without presents under the Christmas tree, that's why The Precious Cycle in Nacogdoches decided to donate a variety of clothes and toys for those in need.
"We thought this would be great to get out there with the people and let them shop with the things that we have," Tree Fulce, The Precious Cycle creator said.
Not only did this 'Bags of Hope' event put clothes on the back of those who needed it the most; but thanks to volunteers and donations, they were able to deliver food and gift bags to rural areas in the community.
"It's heartwarming to see the community come together to take care of those who are in need," Russell said. "It has renewed my faith in this community. I didn't realize we all had it together.
This is the first time since 2011 that the Healing Center has held 'Bags of Hope.' Organizers of the nonprofit want to make this a year round event.
If you'd like to donate you can visit The Healing Center's Facebook page.