orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

December 25, 2013

Spreading Christmas Smiles

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 612 3rd Street, Orange, held the third annual Christmas Smiles at  Sabine Parks Apartment Homes, 111 Pine Avenue, Orange, on Saturday.

“This is not our birthday. This is not for us,” Linda Burrell, a coordinator for the event said. “This is about Jesus’s birthday.”

The event included refreshments and singing Christmas carols.

Shirley McJoy, 7,  said she enjoyed the party.

McJoy stood in line twice for a gift so she could get one for her little brother, Junior, 9 months.

“I did not want him to be forgotten,” McJoy said.

McJoy and her other siblings each waited until the four attending had their gifts and refreshments before opening the presents.

“While we give clothes, toys and food,” Burrell said, “It really is all about Jesus.”

Sabine Parks Apartment Homes Assistant Property Manager Trena Areceneaux thanked the church for thinking of the complex.

The church adopted the apartment complex.

Phyllis Chargois also coordinated the event.