Updated: Nov 28, 2022
This holiday season, please remember the children among us who might go without gifts – simply because their parents or guardians cannot afford them. The inflation rate is at an all-time high, and many families suffer from generational poverty. For decades, at the historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church in Montgomery, The Deacons' Spouses and Ministers' Wives have provided gifts of clothing, toys and/or cash gift cards to deserving children in Montgomery. This year, the Women in Training Young Leaders are honored to join Dexter in this community service endeavor.
"Every child deserves to experience the joy of the holiday season," said Tania Johns, WIT Vice President for Youth Development. "With hearts of gratitude and thanksgiving, we’re glad to be able to be a part of making Christmas special for the children at New Beginnings and other community agencies."
Wanda Anderson, Chairwoman, Deacons' Spouses and Ministers' Wives at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, expressed appreciation for support from the WIT Young Leaders: "The Deacons' Spouses and Ministers' Wives of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church are proud to partner with WIT this year to provide Christmas gifts for children in need in this city," she said. "Though this has been our annual project for several years, with the assistance of our congregation, WIT's partnership this year is especially appreciated due to the status of the economy. The current economic situation has caused more families to seek help this holiday, and it is a blessing to be able to continue with this special project. Thanks for your help, and I pray that you all have a Blessed and Merry Christmas."
Brooke Bennett, one of the WIT Young Leaders and co-founder of Women in Training, stated: “Last year, we had a beautiful celebration for the WIT Young Leaders, and we were really looking forward to dancing with our friends and eating a great meal,” said Brooke Bennett, “But, when mom suggested a day of service in December, instead of a party, we agreed that service is our priority!”
Brooke’s 15-year-old twin sister, Breanna, agreed.
“Children are the most important part of any community because they represent the future and give us hope,” WIT co-founder said. “We must do our part to help them see hope in their future.”
Ms. Kandace Browder, WIT Development Committee, added: "The smallest gift has the ability to make the greatest impact, and what a better way to serve during this holiday season!"
You can help the WIT Young Leaders meet the needs of children by sending a gift, or by making a monetary donation to WIT.
Click here to request the first name of a child and her or his gift list.
Please mail unwrapped gifts or checks to the following address:
Women in Training. Inc.
P.O. Box 231394
Montgomery, AL 36123
Drop off your unwrapped gift or check on Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the following location:
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
454 Dexter Avenue
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Join our WIT Young Leaders in bringing joy to children in need! It takes a village to raise a child.
WIT volunteers leading this project are as follows:
Ms. Tania Johns
WIT Vice President for Youth Development
Ms. Kandace Browder
WIT Development Committee