I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
– Maya Angelou
Across the Delaware River from Philadelphia,
was once home to
New York Shipbuilding
, the world’s largest shipbuilder. Walt Wittman, American poet, essayist and journalist, referred to the city as
“a city invincible”
. Over time, the city began to lose its industrial edge as shipping gave way to faster modes of transportation, including airplanes and trains. (
This once bustling commercial hub is
now considered the poorest city in America
and often called
“The city that hope forgot”
reported last year that an estimated 42% of the city’s population lives below the poverty line, with an average income of $26,000 a year. Twenty-two percent of the population earns less than $10,000 per year. This is a striking divergence from the rest of New Jersey, where the average household income is $71,000 per year. Camden is also one of the
top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.
with one of the highest crime rates compared to all communities of all sizes. (
But there is more to Camden than what’s seen on the news
, and Tyndale witnessed this firsthand. This Christmas, fifty volunteers from
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Camden,
Grace Episcopal Church, Haddonfield
worked together to make Christmas the best Christmas 80+ kids from the Cramer Hills area had ever enjoyed. Their hope was to
create a holiday experience that would spark conversations and friendships
, two key ingredients needed for change.
On Sunday, December 6, 2015, Camden kids were invited to
meet St. Nicholas and ask him for a special Christmas gift
. During the month of December, the Camden Christmas committee met with families, listened to their stories, and formed lasting relationships.
On Sunday, January 4, 2016, the
kids received their gifts from The Three Kings
. As a part of the gift giving initiative, Tyndale provided copies of
The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers
The One Year My Princess Devotions
The One Year Devotions for Kids
The One Year Devos for Girls
The One Year Devotions for Active Boys
The One Year Devos for Teens
. These devotionals guide children through the Bible with stories, application questions, and memory verses. Hoping to encourage children and parents alike, Tyndale was overjoyed to supply the gifts.
Stay tuned for photos!
In today’s world,
encouragement is much needed
. Tyndale is blessed to participate in projects like this all over the world, and is grateful for the ways you make this possible. Please join us in prayer as we prepared for the next Camden Christmas in 2016!