The 2008 collection of 1,500 pounds inspired the church to make it a statewide campaign (Meals at the Manger). Organizers urged churches to set up manger scenes in their yards and collect food.
"Given the economic crisis and the number of our neighbors out of work, isn't Christmas Eve the perfect time to affirm our love for the Christ Child by affirming our love for our neighbors?" said Frank Moore, First's director of community ministries.
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