Church makes gifts to Homeless Coalition

Dec 07, 2017
From left, Rebecca Gildred, director of development, KCHC; Stephanie Primm, executive director, KCHC; Karin and Phil Pratt, festival organizers; the Rev. Wendy J. Anderson, pastor at Nativity Lutheran Church, Rockport.

Rockport — On a crisp October weekend, Nativity Lutheran Church hosted its 11th Annual Harvest Festival and Tag Sale to benefit ongoing mission projects, as well as Knox County Homeless Coalition. They were able to present a check for $1964.80 and donate a couch and two chairs to KCHC’s comprehensive youth program, The Landing Place.

The annual fall festival boasts a bake sale, craft sale, ladies' boutique, café and a silent auction featuring works from local artists and artisans, as well as a tag sale that organizers Phil and Karin Pratt say is always full of fresh items, drawing crowds back year after year.

Nativity Lutheran and Hospitality House have worked together in many ways over the years and both declare the benefits of being neighbors, but being a beneficiary of the Harvest Festival was a complete surprise, according to KCHC officials. Although there is no season to homelessness, with the onset of colder weather the acute nature of the need often becomes more apparent.

To find out more about how to make a difference with those who are homeless, contact the Knox County Homeless Coalition at 593-8151 or

And to learn more about how to get involved with Nativity Lutheran Church or its Harvest Festival, contact 594-4665 or

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