Families celebrate the holidays at From the Heart Christmas party

Kaden Richardson works purposefully on his ornament at the From the Heart Christian Women’s Ministries Christmas Party, Friday, Dec. 15, at the Community Hall in Anza. Diane Sieker photo

Crafts, cookies and fun were center stage at the sixth annual From The Heart Christian Women’s Ministries Christmas Party, Friday, Dec. 15, at the Anza Community Hall.

Santa Claus himself made an appearance to check on the children’s gift requests as he checked his list not once, but twice.

“The party was smaller this year, but just as fun,” said organizer Christina James. “We love having the party for the kids. We feel it’s a great way to kick off Christmas and we are so grateful to so many. A lot of volunteer time and donations from many places help make this happen. We are grateful.”

Children and adults alike were offered huge piles of well-organized craft items to use to produce pine cone Christmas Tree ornaments, foam wreaths, bead art and more. Industrious children concentrated on making the ornaments just right and the results were heartwarming.

“Thank you to you and everyone that helped put this together, my kids loved it,” said Bryn Raymond Rivera, who brought her two children to the event.

Cookies and other sweet treats were in great supply, many of them baked and donated by generous volunteers throughout the community. Santa sat patiently awaiting the little ones to reveal their Christmas wishes. The Community Hall Christmas tree was decorated and sparkled and shimmered beside him. The atmosphere was joyous and merry.

“From The Heart has blessed so many families in this town, my kids look forward to the craft party every year,” said Dawn Gillam, whose twin boys were in attendance.

The party is always free to anyone interested on attending and this year was no exception. Thanks to donations to the From The Heart organization, they can continue to sponsor this entertaining day of creativity and goodwill.

The From The Heart Christian Women’s Ministries serves and focuses on families and children in need in the mountain communities of Anza, Aguanga, Mountain Center and Idyllwild. Fundraising events are held throughout the year to help collect money to aid this worthy cause. Rummage sales, luncheons, raffles and the Annual From The Heart’s Holiday dinner all help to present activities such as this.

To learn more about the From The Heart Christian Women’s Ministries, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/115200731856938/about/ or write to: From The Heart Christian Women’s Ministries, P.O. Box 391224, Anza, California 92539.

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