Christmas in Action's work day has ended, but that doesn't mean volunteers can't help out for next year's event.
Christmas in Action (formerly Christmas in April) started in 1972 in Midland, Texas. "Bobby Trimble was teaching his young men's Sunday School Class at Alamo Heights Baptist Church from James 2:14-17. In paraphrasing he told them, 'If you see your neighbor in need of food and clothing, and say to them, God bless you, I will pray for you, and send them on their way, what good does it do.' He told them there is more to being a Christian than just going to church.
"The lesson encouraged the class to step outside the church walls and work on homes of women without husbands in the community," according to the website.
The organization continued to grow throughout the nation and more people were helped. This year, the Waterford group only worked on half the amount of houses it had the previous year, said site coordinator Debbie Berry. She said the group is always looking for homes to fix.
To learn more about Christmas in Action, volunteer or nominate a home, visit http://ciaoaklandcounty.org/html/