LILBURN — Patricia Dunn’s Christmas was looking bleak. The possibility of presents for her children? Bleak.
Then she called Miss Bobi.
“I didn’t know what we would do for Christmas,” Dunn said Tuesday. “It’s been a blessing.”Ch
The blessing was the seventh annual “Christmas Celebration” from Love in Action Outreach Ministries, a local nonprofit led by the aforementioned Miss Bobi (Bobi Jean Pack, formally). On Tuesday at Lilburn’s Berkmar United Methodist Church, Love in Action offered food, clothing, shoes and children’s Christmas presents to about 70 in-need families.
Pack has put the event together since 2007, despite having very limited funds to work with.
“God spoke to my heart to do this,” Pack said. “And ever since, even though I’m not funded, everything always comes together. Miraculously. God has given me favor.”
The majority of the families served Tuesday were pointed to Pack by the United Way. In an “open mic” session before the festivities began, several told their stories.
One woman was struggling to support her children after her husband was deported. Another simply thanked God for allowing her to wake up for another day.
Later, a woman said she had been sleeping at bus stops with her seven kids.
All of them were helped Tuesday thanks to donations from a number of places, including Toys for Tots, LifeWay, Honeybaked Ham and Publix.
A Buford store called The Foot Traveler donated shoes.
“It’s all about giving,” general manager Michael Gravitte said. During Tuesday’s event, Dunn was able to get gifts for her three kids, stashing them in a box to try and hide the contents until Christmas day. After a “rocky year” where Dunn hadn’t been able to find a job and relied on assistance from family, her children will have a Christmas.
“One of the most beautiful things in the world,” Pack said, “is to be able to give back.”
For more information on Love in Action Outreach Ministry, visit houseofjoynorcross.org.
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