Edmundite Missions holds Christmas celebration

Published 10:00 am Saturday, December 9, 2023

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In the spirit of giving and community, Edmundite Missions, a beacon of hope for poverty-stricken communities in the deep south since 1937, is set to host its highly anticipated annual community Christmas party on Dec. 16. The festive gathering, held at the Dr. Michael and Catherine Bullock Community and Recreation Center on Broad Street promises a day filled with joy, laughter and the warmth of the holiday season.

Missions President and CEO, Chad McEachern, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming event. 

“I always look forward to welcoming the community to our annual Christmas party,” McEachern said. “All who come, and in particular the children, bring such joy to the event, and they are always so excited to see Santa and his elves.”

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Embodying their commitment to serving impoverished communities, the Missions have been a beacon of hope, not only providing immediate necessities like food, clothing and shelter but also fostering long-term solutions through mentorship, apprenticeship and educational programs.

The celebration goes beyond the traditional festivities, encapsulating the Edmundite Missions’ commitment to making a lasting impact. The day kicks off with a vibrant parade through the surrounding neighborhoods, including Rangedale Apartments, culminating in the arrival of Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves at the Bullock Center.

Amidst the festive atmosphere, a delicious lunch will be provided for all attendees. Moreover, the event assures that every child, aged newborn to 18, has a chance to experience the magic of the season with pictures with Santa and a special gift. 

“For many of the children we serve, we know this may be the only Christmas they have, so we try to make it as special as possible,” McEachern said. “All children deserve to experience the hope and joy of Christmas.”

As the holiday season quickly approaches, Edmundite Missions continues its legacy of compassion, ensuring that Christmas is a time of warmth and joy for all, especially those in need.

With an expected turnout of over 2,000 visitors, McEachern urges attendees to arrive early. Further details about this event can be found on the organization’s Facebook page at facebook.com/EdmunditeSelma