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Christmas play to help collect new clothing for foster children

The competing choirs in the Kids For Christ program at Smokey Point Community Church rehearse for their Dec. 9 play, The Story of Jesus Yesterday and Today, on Nov. 10.  The free play will help collect donations of new clothing to benefit foster children in the area. -
The competing choirs in the Kids For Christ program at Smokey Point Community Church rehearse for their Dec. 9 play, The Story of Jesus Yesterday and Today, on Nov. 10. The free play will help collect donations of new clothing to benefit foster children in the area.
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ARLINGTON Jesus + Time Machine = Underwear.
Its not E=MC2 but thats the equation the Smokey Point Community Church will be working this holiday season as they present a free Christmas play that will help collect new clothing for local foster kids.
The Smokey Point Community Church will be presenting The Story of Jesus Yesterday and Today on Dec. 9, with two performances, at 4 and 6:30 p.m.
The play is a lighthearted look at how religion helps teens face their struggles and live a happier life. The cast is composed of children ages six to 14, and features a variety of songs from many different eras, reflecting the adventures of one of the lead characters, who travels back in time as she tries to spread the good news of Christ to a friend. As the characters bounce back and forth in time, the musical selections reflect those changes, including 1930 be-bop to 1950s doo-wop. There are about 50 kids in grades one through eight who will be trying to out sing each other as they take different parts during the play.
Quil Ceda Elementary School fifth-grader Kate Anderson plays Tia, one of the leads, and said its the first time shes every been in a play. The 10-year-old said she likes being in the play because it helps spread her love of God to the greater community.
This will help people come to God, Anderson said.
While they come, they are encouraged to bring new clothing particularly pajamas, socks and undergarments. They will be donated to agencies working with foster children, who often get stuck with hand-me-downs and rarely get to enjoy brand new clothes, according to church member Becky Allen, who is a foster parent.
The kids just clamor to be part of this, Allen said. This is the biggest thing we have for our kids in this age group.
Tammie Clifford is the co-director of the play, along with Tim Sandman, and she said hundreds of foster kids have been helped by the Christmas classic over the last five years. The play is part of the Kids For Christ program at the church. Besides gathering new clothing donations, the play lets children help explain the real meaning of Christmas, according to Clifford.
We want to teach people what the whole story is that its not just presents and things like that, Clifford explained.
The Dec. 9 performances will also feature foster parents and kids, who will explain just what it means to be involved in some of the many programs in the area. The church is host to Kids Dream Closet, where foster children from newborns to 18-years-old can select clothing and other items that are free to them. The annual Christmas play is just one source of those items, and the church will be accepting donations in the church lobby starting Nov. 17.
The Smokey Point Community Church is located at 17721 Smokey Point Boulevard, Arlington. The play is run on Dec. 9, for two performances, 4 and 6:30 p.m. The play is free, with a suggested donation of new clothing.

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