Members of Wesley UMC in Evans paid down the layaway accounts of strangers in a Christmas program they called “Layaway in a Manger.” Close to 50 members paid from $20 to $200 toward layaway of Christmas gifts at a Kmart and another 25 or so made payments at Ruben’s Department Store in Augusta.
The outreach got the attention of staff members of the Augusta Chronicle, who ran a story and photo in a recent edition. The story reported Ruben’s store owner Jeff Gorelick: “It’s an incredible thing they’re doing.”
The church had a similar program called Random Acts of Christian Kindness, in which church families are given $20 to help someone in need.
Wesley pastor Greg Porterfield told the Chronicle: “We realized that this is the end of the season and if people haven’t paid off gifts now, they’re probably not going to be able to. Each one of us can do something significant, particularly when we’re inspired by Christ.”