Members of the House of Mercy Church are organizing efforts to host its second annual Christmas banquet for the homeless.
Teresa McCartney Hoffart and Paul Hoffart are organizing the event on Dec. 7, to help those on streets of Baytown, Highlands, Channelview, Pasadena, Jacinto City, Crosby, and Houston.
The hope is to serve as many as they can during this holiday season.
“We actually have a church here in old Baytown, and about 60 days ago, we opened it up as a shelter because we’ve wanted to help people on the streets,” Teresa said.
To help these individuals, an event has been planned on Dec. 7, from 4 to 9 p.m., at Emmanuel Church, 500 E. James St., where dinner, clothes, gifts, showers, haircuts and more will be provided for those that live on the streets.
“We’re going to be cooking a lot of food so that they get a feast,” Teresa said.
The hope is to serve about 300 individuals, and House of Mercy Church is looking for donations for about 200 men and 100 women.
“We’re not looking for gifts as in jackets, scarfs and things of that nature because they’re already going to receive those items at the event,” Teresa said.
In addition to clothes, blessing bags containing personal hygiene items will be given out and each person will have their own stocking filled with miscellaneous items.
The event will also feature praise dancing and prayer, but Teresa wants to also present a traditional Christmas experience and is hoping to find Christmas carolers that are willing to donate their time for the event.
Monetary donations can also be made by sending money to their PayPal account at houseofmercy9@gmail or to the Cass App at $houseofmercy9.
Along with community support, House of Mercy Church partnered with Community Toyota, Son of Harvest Church in Crosby, Jewels Ministry, Reckless Love Ministry, Emmanuel Church and Table 7 Events and Interior Design.
“They’ve all been a major part in helping us with this event,” Teresa said.
Anyone interested in partnering with the House of Mercy Church for the event can contact Teresa at 713-702-2848.