WCA collects, distributes holiday meals for families

NEW KENT – As the holidays approach, Williamsburg Christian Academy is counting its blessings and sharing them with the community. For the second year in a row, "Giving From the Heart of the Academy," WCA's school-wide Thanksgiving outreach project, provided 100 Thanksgiving dinners to less fortunate families in the greater Williamsburg area, including New Kent County. This effort was carried out in partnership with 10 local churches and with support from Farm Fresh Supermarkets through their generous donation of 100 gift cards for turkeys.

Along with a turkey gift card, families in need received an assortment of non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie mix, cranberry sauce, gravy, cornbread, and stuffing. WCA students from kindergarten to 12th grade collected the food, while preschoolers contributed handmade cards and Student Council officers organized the packaging of the meals.

Pastors from 10 local churches each received 10 complete meals at WCA's Thanksgiving ceremony on Nov. 26, where they offered a blessing and distributed the meals. Recipient families were selected by the pastors and remain anonymous to WCA. Any extra food will be donated to Grove Christian Outreach.

Participating churches are:

• Pastor Richard Cline, Olive Branch Christian Church (Williamsburg)

• Pastor Scott Salsman, James River Baptist Church (Williamsburg)

• Pastor Mark Morrow, Crosswalk Community Church (Williamsburg)

• Pastor Dave Smith, Kentwood Heights Baptist Church (New Kent County)

• Reverend Reginald Davis, First Baptist Church (Williamsburg)

• Phillip Murdock, LifePointe Christian Church (Toano)

• Pastor Travis Watson, Relevant Church (Williamsburg)

• Assoc. Pastor Travis Simone, Williamsburg Community Chapel (Williamsburg)

• Pastor Randy Garner, Christ Community Church (Toano)

• Pastor Dennis Griffith, Grace Covenant Church (Williamsburg)

• Reverend Jerry Jutras of Faith Fellowship, located across the street from WCA, assisted by storing the food as it was collected.

"During the holiday season and all year long, Williamsburg Christian Academy believes it is vitally important to teach our young people to lend a helping hand," said Gwen Martin, Head of School. "We are proud that our students do so with joy."

Williamsburg Christian Academy is a community Christian school serving preschool through 12th grade, dually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). WCA's mission is to provide college preparatory instruction in a culture of grace through personalized learning in academics, arts, and athletics while building relationships that inspire students to serve their community and become Christ-centered leaders. To learn more, please visit WilliamsburgChristian.org.