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Upstate ministries asking for help obtaining items, raising money for Christmas bags to give to homeless

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Christmas bag giveaway from December 2015. (Source: Steve Hayes) Christmas bag giveaway from December 2015. (Source: Steve Hayes)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate ministry is asking for help collecting items for the homeless as a part of their annual Christmas bag giveaway.

Non-profit organization Searchlight Street Ministries plans to collect enough items to fill 250 bags full of toiletries, snacks and blankets to give to the homeless and underprivileged community in the Upstate.

This will be the 8th year Searchlight Street Ministries has done the Christmas bag giveaway. The organization is based out of Greenville and a part of Abundant Life Church.

With just weeks to go before the bags are given to the homeless, Searchlight has only collected about $250 and have estimated that $3,800 would be needed to fill the bags for Christmas bag giveaway.

They are asking the public for assistance in helping the holidays be a little brighter for the underprivileged in the Upstate.

The following items are needed for the Christmas bags:

Wash cloths
Soap
Toothbrush and Toothpaste 
Deodorant
Chapstick
Pencil / Pad of paper
Travel Shampoo and Conditioner
Stocking Caps
Gloves
Scarves
Socks
Rolled fleece blankets
Bibles or Uplifting Christian Devotions
Bottled water
Armour canned meat products (Vienna Sausages)
Can goods
Lance Crackers
Individually wrapped snacks
Blankets/Sleeping bags (New/gently used)

Monetary donations are also being accepted to help purchase items for the bags. There are three different ways to make donations which include:

  1. Pay Pal, https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/send-money-online please use email donations@abundantlife-church.org
  2. Mail- Make Checks payable to Abundant Life Church with SLSM in memo 630 Farrs Bridge Road, Greenville SC 29611
  3. Drop Off at Abundant Life Church 630 Farrs Bridge Road, Greenville SC 29611 M-F 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

The bags will be delivered to the homeless along with hot meals on Dec 17.

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