Gadsden First UMC recently opened its doors for a used toy sale, when more than 250 families were able to choose affordable toys to give their children for Christmas. The event raised more than $1,300 for Eagle Rock Boys Ranch.
The sale was a massive undertaking, with thousands of pounds of toys donated. Work began three days before the sale to get the massive quantity of toys to Gadsden First United Methodist. During the work days and the day of the sale, more than 30 members of Gadsden First and others from outside the church worked to get toys organized by type and to make sure that families would be taken care of during the sale. The church publicized the event on Facebook.
“Thank you so much for posting the info on the toy drive this morning," one attendee wrote to Brandon Murray, Director of Servant Ministries at Gadsden First. "With three kids, it really helped my family and I know my kids will enjoy the toys that I got for them. Thank you and your church so much for what you have done.”
Many stuffed animals went to local fire departments to distribute to children whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by fire. Other items left after the sale will be sent overseas in the near future to third world countries. God’s love at Christmastime will have impacted much more than just a portion of Northeast Alabama through the sale. Gadsden First is proud to live up to their mission statement—Changing Lives by Sharing Christ, Making Disciples, Serving People, and Giving Hope.