Posted on : Monday November 26, 2012

By Sharon Mager, BCM/D Correspondent

DUNDALK, Md.—Grace Place, Dundalk, will provide 600 books to Norwood Elementary School children for Christmas.

Pastor Troy McDaniel spoke with school principal Patrice Goldys asking what the church could do for the school for Christmas.

“She said the greatest need for the children is books,” McDaniel said.

He presented the challenge to the church and within five weeks, the church had 500 books, and they’re certain to have the remaining 100 before the Christmas break.

The church has been strategically reaching out to the adjacent school in friendship. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to park on the church lot in the mornings. In fact, for the first couple months of school, McDaniel and other volunteers gave away cookies and drinks in the parking lot welcoming the students and parents back to school.

At the school’s recent Fall Festival, Grace Place set up a face painting booth.

“They know me as the guy who paints their faces,” McDaniel said.

Now, the church will give the children books.

“I want us to personally hand each child in the school a Christmas gift, with a sticker that says, ‘Merry Christmas from Grace Place,'” McDaniel said.

The church wants to continue to be a blessing to the school.