California Community Rallies for Church Toy Giveaway After Fire Destroys Building

Posted by

-

CBN News

A California community banded together in the spirit of Christmas after a local church building went up in flames just hours before its holiday toy giveaway Sunday.

Victory Outreach Pomona erupted in flames around 2:45 a.m., Sunday Dec. 17. By the time firefighters arrived, the 12,000 square-foot building was already engulfed in flames, and at risk of collapsing.

“We rushed over there and watched it go down right in front of our eyes,” said Pastor Jerry Orozco told Los Angeles Daily News.

It took firefighters more than three hours to contain the fire. They said the building, which was built in 1981, was at a “total loss.”


Even worse, 500 people had registered for a children’s toy drive planned later that evening, and all the toys previously collected by the congregation were destroyed.

“That is the horrible timing of this one,” L.A. County Fire Capt. Sheila Kelliher-Berkoh told the Los Angeles Times.

In the spirit of Christmas, officials at the L.A. County Fire department quickly decided to help.

Get your FREE CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS today! Stay up-to-date with current issues, Holy Spirit news, Christian teachings, Charisma videos & more!


“We have to help save Christmas for this congregation,” said Kelliher-Berkoh. “We know the building isn’t the church. The church is in the hearts of these people and we’re here to help.”

KABC-TV’s Spark of Love campaign, the California Highway Patrol, local firefighters and neighboring churches, including Abundant Living, The Way and Calvary Chapel of Upland donated more than enough toys.

“No child should have to go through the holidays without,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Anthony Marrone. “So we called ABC7 and we got the group together to deliver 500 toys not only to the kids in Victory Outreach, but to the kids in the community.”

To read the rest of the story, visit our content partners at CBN News.


Reprinted with permission from cbn.com. Copyright © 2023 The Christian Broadcasting Network Inc. All rights reserved.

Join Charisma Magazine Online to follow everything the Holy Spirit is doing around the world!

+ posts

Leave a Comment

Scroll to Top

We Value Your Privacy

By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies. This use includes personalization of content and ads, and traffic analytics. We use cookies to enhance your browsing experience, serve personalized ads or content, and analyze our traffic. By visiting this site, you consent to our use of cookies.

Read our Cookie Policy and Privacy Policy.

Copy link