“Operation Homefront,” a partnership between Dollar Tree stores, LifeLine Wesleyan, New Beginnings Assembly of God and First Church of God in Greensburg, helps parents with their children’s Christmas toys. This year’s event is from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at LifeLine Wesleyan Church, 2002 Moscow Road.

GREENSBURG – For the last several years, LifeLine Wesleyan Church, New Beginnings Assembly of God, and First Church of God in Greensburg have hosted a free Christmas toy giveaway during which struggling parents are invited to the LifeLine Wesleyan campus on Moscow Road from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 to receive free, unwrapped toys, friendly fellowship with people who care, and homemade refreshments.

The program is made possible through a partnership with Operation Homefront, a charity that works with Dollar Tree stores on this project.

Because Decatur County does not have a military family resource group, and because local Dollar Tree management wanted to take part in a local charitable toy drive regardless, the three churches involved (who call themselves “the church without walls”) were selected to distribute items.

The logisitic maneuverings of a successful event of this nature require a special campus, as LifeLine Wesleyan Pastor Doug Preston explained.

“The event is for kids but not for kids at the same time,” he said. “We want the parents attending to have an opportunity to work with Santa.

Registration is required, but the only information collected will be children’s names and ages, so the church is able to know how many children they helped.

At least 30 volunteers will be on hand in the building to help.

“There’s no way we’re going to run out of toys on that day. Aside from the amazing generosity from Dollar Tree, our churches and others in the community have donated enough that we’ll have plenty,” Preston said.

In addition to the items from Operation Homefront, there have been numerous items donated by families at LifeLine and there are well over 3,000 toys to be given away.

Parents can expect a wide variety of toys for young boys and girls, a plethora of hats and gloves, stuffed animals, and much more.

LifeLine is centered around care, comfort, and compassion, and believe that by reaching out to share those with the community they are doing the work of God, spreading His love and showing the true purpose of a church.

Parents are reminded that children should not attend. "We want the parents and guardians to attend," said Pastor Preston. 

Childcare will not be available. 

Anyone with questions can contact the church at 812-663-6230, visit “Greensburg Wesleyan Church” on Facebook, or go to www.greensburgwesleyanchurch.com

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-663-3111, ext 217011 or email bill.rethlake@greensburgdailynews.com

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