UNION CITY, Ga. – December 17, 2020 – After visiting Christian City’s Children’s Village a few years ago, NewLife Radio Vice President and General Manager, Michael Shelley, felt like he and his wife needed to be more involved. He thought NewLife Radio and their listeners could play a huge part, too. That was the beginning of “A Christian City Christmas” fundraising campaign started in 2019.
This year, with the pandemic, Shelley and the staff of NewLife Radio didn’t know if they could do the campaign for Christmas 2020. However, a few NewLife Radio donors asked and that got the ball rolling for Christmas gifts for the Children’s Village and Crossroads Foster & Adoption programs again this year. Shelley said, “We are instructed in scripture to take care of widows and orphans and this is just one way we can share the hope of Christmas.”
Shelley and Doug Doran, President of NewLife Radio, delivered gift cards for the children living at Christian City Children’s Village and foster children in Christian City Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program. House parents and foster parents were blessed with gift cards as well.
“Due to a crisis they are experiencing, these children will be spending Christmas away from their family or the people they love the most. Our youth come from hard places,” said Marlond Fyffe, Executive Director of Christian City Children & Family Programs. “Without any fanfare, our caregivers are devoted and resilient. They do a remarkable job ministering to the children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.”
In accepting the donation, Fyffe expressed his gratitude for NewLife Radio’s partnership and act of generosity. “The outpouring of love during this time of the year from our friends at New Life Radio certainly reinforces and reminds the children we serve and their caregivers that they matter to God, our partners, and to our community. We are so very grateful to the New Life Radio family for remembering our children and their caregivers,” Fyffe said.
About Christian City
Christian City was established 55 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents, both children and senior adults, living at Christian City, a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of donors for financial support. The 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and adjacent to the Fayette County border, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Thrive Graduate Transition Program, active senior living patio homes and apartments, thrift store, assisted living center, skilled nursing & rehab center, memory care, home health and hospice care. Christian City Children & Family Programs help provide children in crisis a safe home in a loving family environment to grow and thrive. The nonprofit serves the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond from its campus in south Fulton County. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-964-3301.