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Church looks to spread Hope in SCV

Posted: January 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Volunteers help the nonprofit organization Carousel Ranch as part of the Hope Worldwide initiative on Jan. 14.

More than 170 members of the Santa Clarita Valley Church of Christ spent Jan. 14 helping the nonprofit organization Carousel Ranch as part of the Hope Worldwide initiative.

Volunteers tore down an aging stage, rebuilt it and gave it a fresh coast of paint. Church members led a landscaping project, which included planting shrubs and adding irrigation lines. The Native Experience Trail was cleared and prepped, and volunteers built a roof on the Tack Shop patio.

“Our church loves what Carousel Ranch does to meet the needs of children in our community,” lead evangelist Ron Hammer said. “Christianity becomes real when you put your to faith to work and meet the real needs in peoples lives.”

Carousel Ranch is dedicated to providing equestrian therapy for disabled and disadvantaged children and creating a unique and individualized program to meet each child’s specific needs and goals.

“We love working with Carousel Ranch as well as meeting other needs in our community throughout the year,” said Jennifer O’Connor, who along with her husband, Tim,  oversee the benevolent work at Church of Christ. The church gathers blankets for the local homeless shelter and donates food to the local food pantries.

Recently the church hosted a holiday party for local children who do not have a stable home situation. The church collected more than 800 toys and had more than 350 people in attendance from the community.

“The smiles on the children’s faces were priceless,” O’Connor said.

The church plans to continue its outreach efforts.

“We always love to support Hope Worldwide,” church member Rachel Felici said. “They serve over 2.5 million people every year around the world. We value not only reaching out to our local community, but serving in many places throughout the world, as well.”


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