Over morning coffee, five friends inspire “Merry Christmas” billboards
What on Earth could five Christian ladies do to stem the tide of "political correctness" stifling "Merry Christmas"?
Hanna says the point of the billboards is to “feed those poor in spirit.” She told Linonis that “people want the day off, want the gifts” but are missing the reason for the season — the birth of Jesus.
The idea is resonating across America — with similar billboards sponsored by similar groups of friends who want to proclaim Who’s birthday is being celebrated.
“It’s not a secular holiday,” Bennett added. “As Christians we have a calling to follow God’s example. He gave us his son. We need to take the Gospel message and help those less fortunate.”
“We’ve gotten beautiful letters from people saying they were inspired by the messages,” said See said. “The billboards remind people what Christmas is really about.”
Most of their donations are small. Hanna said one person gave $1.50, which was what she could afford.
“People donate because they support the message,” said See.
This year, a group of sixth- through eighth-graders who are members of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at South Range Middle School in Greenford donated $150. “They had a candy sale and wanted the money to go to the billboard campaign,” said parent and club volunteer Janice Stephenson. “FCA focuses on helping the community and empowering students to serve Christ. The students thought the billboard idea was good.”
The women say they will continue their project — gratified as they receive word of new billboards spotted all across America.
That’s great, say the five.
And, by the way, they add: “Merry Christmas!”