TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – More than 200 guests attended the Cherry Street Mission's Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve.
There was food, music and gifts for those in need. Each person was adopted by an anonymous donor and given a gift. It brought Christmas cheer to all involved.
"We have giving hearts," said Jacob Estreda, whose band played music for free. "Whether we get paid or not, it's all about giving back to our community and doing for others."
Mission employees said they want to show their guests just how much they are loved.
"Just to continue to give our guests a sense of normalcy, so they remember that they're not forgotten and how much we love them and we see them for the people that they are," said Lisa Banks, executive director of stabilization at the Cherry Street Mission.
Michael Moton has been a guest at the mission for the past six months. He said he was on top of the world until he got knocked down. The mission's support has helped him turn his life around.
"When you look inside of your heart you find that we have a lot more toughness in us than we expect ourselves to have," Moton said. "God's blessed me. My life's been changed."
The Cherry Street Mission is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information on their services, visit their website.
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