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Vancouver’s Living Hope Church to host live Nativity scene in conjuction with a sock drive

By Mia Ryder-Marks, Columbian staff reporter
Published: December 14, 2023, 4:06pm
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Living Hope Church will host its annual living Nativity scene over the weekend. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pair of socks, which will be distributed to people experiencing homelessness.
Living Hope Church will host its annual living Nativity scene over the weekend. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pair of socks, which will be distributed to people experiencing homelessness. (Photos contributed by Living Hope Church) Photo Gallery

Living Hope Church will host its annual living Nativity scene this weekend.

Attendees will hear a live retelling of the Christmas story with actors and real animals, including Curly the camel. People are also encouraged to bring a pair of socks to donate, which will be distributed to the homeless community.

A Nativity scene is a special exhibition, specifically during the Christmas season, of art objects representing the birth of Jesus. The Vancouver church, 2711 N.E. Andresen Road, has hosted the event for more than a decade.

“This is a family-friendly event. The kids love the animals, and it’s just for all of us to come together,” outreach pastor Brian Norris said.

Donate socks

As the days get colder and wetter, a fresh pair of socks is lifesaving for people living outside.

If You Go

What: Living Nativity scene.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Where: Living Hope Church, 2711 N.E. Andresen Road, Vancouver.

Cost: Free.

Socks are one of the most needed items among people living outside, according to advocacy group Right to Shower.

Between walking to resources, work opportunities, agencies and food banks, a person experiencing homelessness logs a lot of miles on foot daily.

“It’s a very basic thing, but it means so much to somebody,” Norris said.

Other opportunities to donate to the church’s Live Love Outreach will be available at the event at a table. Live Love Outreach is open to those in need two times a week to provide meals and a place to take a break.

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