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Children impacted by homicides will get extra under the Christmas tree

This year children impacted by homicides will have something extra under their Christmas tree thanks to local churches.

Posted: Dec 15, 2019 8:50 PM
Updated: Dec 15, 2019 10:13 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Rev. Angelo Mante comes in contact with numerous families who've lost loved ones to homicide through his United Methodist backed ministry called Alive Community Outreach.

"It's very personal for me. My cousin, his name was Nick Powers, he was shot and killed a little down the street from where we are right now," Executive Director Angelo Mante said.

Learn more here.

You can contact Rev. Angelo Mante by email: info@alivefw.org.

You can contact both Rev. Derek Fields and Executive Minister Angela Fields at 260-749-8597.

After his cousin was killed on Sept. 13, 2016, Mante found himself connected to other families who've experienced a loved one being killed and decided to help in any capacity he could. He's not doing it alone.

This year with the help of Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church, more than 100 children will have extra gifts under the Christmas tree.

"We contacted Angelo and said, ‘Hey if you have more names we would love to add them to our mission," Executive Minister Angela Fields of Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church said.

Senior Pastor Derek Fields of Taylor Chapel United Church said it originally started with 50 children.

"I told Angelo and then next thing I know, he gave us 60. I didn't know for sure if we could handle 60. We have two services here at the church. One at 8:30 and one at 10:45. At the 8:30 service I really pushed the fact that we'd be helping these kids and we'd be making Christmas happy and bright," Fields explained.

That 60 turned into a little more than 100 including 25 Southside High School students.

Helping in this effort was a heartwarming experience for members like Jana Jay.

“This is a great season of the year to be generous Jesus calls us to be generous even to those we don't know and the church is that- very generous," Jay said.

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