Local church distributes presents to homeless women, children

Posted at 4:23 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 20:23:23-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A local church gave homeless women and children presents on Christmas Eve.

On a sunny afternoon, homeless families were picked up by Santa Claus at the Nashville Rescue Mission and were taken to the Church at Mt. Carmel. "First lady" of the church Stacy Campbell said the holidays can be hard on families at the shelter, which is why they wanted to help people like Ayeal Weir.

"Just to see how they reacted, and how they’re smiling, because most of them didn’t think they were going to get anything, and it’s not their fault, so just to see how they react that’s great," Campbell said.

Weir has experienced loss, and she's fallen on hard times. Right now she's staying at the shelter as she looks for affordable housing.

"Well, I’m a single mother of three. We’re really four but one baby’s in heaven, he passed away on Christmas Day four years ago actually," Weir said. "Because there’s people up here like myself that don’t have no family up here, and when a church opens their arms, makes you feel at home like you do have family."

In addition to the gifts, families received a free two night stay at a local hotel as well as a gift card. It was donated by Wesley Financial Group.

"And so they said that would be a great gift not only to have food, and to have toys, but to have a place by yourself at least for a couple of days," Campbell said.

For people like Weir, a little kindness is making her family's Christmas a little bit better.

"It means everything to me," Weir said. "I’m very grateful that they’re actually doing stuff for people like me."