403 Walton Ferry Rd., Hendersonville, TN
Christmas time is here happiness and cheer, fun for all the children call their favorite time of year. The words of a very familiar Christmas song that Shanda Tripp discovered did not ring true for everyone.
Shanda Tripp, Co-Pastor of The Fire Place Fellowship and CFO of Love from Music City, desire to help the children who others seem to have forgotten was birth from being raised on the mission field. During her time on the field she saw firsthand the privation of the children. Being so aware of the crisis in foreign countries opened her eyes to see that the privation of children is not just a foreign affair, but also a domestic issue.
After watching a report on 20/20 about the foster care crisis in the U.S., she knew that something had to be done. A woman on a mission she searched everywhere for a place to help, only to be turned away. Determined to make a difference Tripp finally stood before the door that she had been searching for.
That door came when she was introduced to Sheila Barraho, director at Camelot Foster Care of Middle Tennessee. Shanda immediately asked Sheila how she could help, what was their greatest need? Barraho wasted no time letting her know that they were in desperate need of a place to have their annual Christmas Party. Tripp’s response to their need was not just a place to have their party, but she said that she would throw their Christmas Party and provide gifts for all the foster children, foster parents, and Camelot employees. That was over 8 years ago, and this past December, Shanda along with the LFMC committee and host of volunteers, they once again provided the Camelot Foster Children of Middle TN with a Christmas to remember.
Each year the party takes on a new theme, this year’s theme is, “An Essential Christmas” and is set to take place on Sunday, December 13th @ 5pm.
Excited children in years past ran around the carnival-like stations set up in nearly every area of the church. They visited booths that included a professional animal balloons, face painting, and a place to get cotton candy and popcorn. They raced through stations with dozens of games, and of course, Santa Claus who visited with each child and took photos with them.
As the children played and the families who care for them shared a meal together, more fun was still ahead. The entire second floor was transformed into a huge toy store, thanks to the generous donation from local businesses who allowed us to set up toy collection boxes inside their business. At the toy store each child, ages 0-18, would choose at least 5 gifts, plus a coat, backpack, stuffed animal, blanket, and a bag of toiletries.
In effort to raise funds and collect NEW toys for the children, LFMC and The Fire Place Fellowship have teamed up for a special Christmas Concert and Toy Drive, with Grammy Award winning artist, Joseph Habedank. The concert will be held on Thursday, December 3rd @ 7pm at The Fire Place Fellowship Located at 403 Walton Ferry Rd., Hendersonville, TN. The concert is FREE and open to the public. All they ask is for everyone to bring at least one NEW unwrapped toy or a monetary donation of any amount. Additionally, you can drop off a NEW unwrapped toy at one of our Toy Collection locations throughout the community. You can find a list of all drop off locations on our website.
To receive information how to donate or volunteer at this year’s party If you would like more information how you can be involved with this years Camelot Christmas Party,