Toys for Joys at Pilgrim Rest Missionary

First Lady and Dr. James R.Spearman with children from the community.. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

Under the leadership of Dr. J.R. Spearman, the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond has organized Toys for Joys annually since 2008.
The goal of the program is to provide neighborhood children, 16 and under, with toys for Christmas. Toys are donated by members of the congregation, as well as from the church treasury, which means that toys are given to 150 children. This year, the church was blessed with an anonymous benefactor.
Offering toys gets the neighborhood in the door and also provides an opportunity to witness to the community and invite them back to fellowship. While community outreach is done throughout the year, two other big outreach programs are the annual community picnic and the Hallelujah Fest.

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