inside Tacoma Campus of Champions Centre

Non-Profit gives away $30,000

The Champions Foundation set out to make history November 22nd - 23rd, by giving away $30,000 to church attendees at the Champions Centre in Tacoma and Bellevue, WA. The move was prompted by a desire to launch a "generosity stimulus package" to kick off the holiday season.

Church attendees had no idea what was about to happen as they entered into service that day. Pastor Kevin Gerald led the service with an inspiring message on generosity - calling this the Season to Smile on Another - the parable of the talents (found in Matthew 25 in the Bible) and then concluded the services with a surprise. He asked a representative from each family to stand. Ushers then handed out sealed envelopes. Pastor Gerald then told the audience that inside each envelope was money - some envelopes contained $5, some as much as $500. The envelopes were distributed completely at random.

The charge was given to recipients to gather family and friends together and come up with ways to take the "talents" in the envelopes and multiply them. December 22nd, the recipients will come back with the results, and collectively celebrate together the successes.

All funds brought back will go to the Champions Foundation to further the work and the projects locally, nationally and internationally. Locally including giving presents to over 2000 kids and families this Christmas in the 17th year of Operation Blessing. Internationally with the Champions Forever Home in Johannesburg, South Africa for AIDs orphans. Along with several other initiatives you can find at www.championsfoundation.com
Champions Centre is one church in two locations (Tacoma and Bellevue, WA) Pastor Kevin Gerald is the founder and lead pastor there.

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Melissa says ... on Wednesday, Feb 18 at 12:33 PM

By the way, a little over $60,000 was returned! Numerous stories were read detailing the many creative ideas members came up with in order to mulitiply what had been given to them and it was truly incredible.

Melissa says ... on Tuesday, Feb 17 at 10:35 AM

I was there that morning! It was one of the most awesome church services I have ever been to in my life!

Sue Kahawaii says ... on Saturday, Dec 13 at 12:41 AM

What a fantastic way to get folks inspired to embrace the Christmas season. In the season of consumer frenzy, taking pause to think about others and to find creative ways to celebrate the season by giving to a great cause.

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