St. Petersburg, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2014) – BridgePoint Church is launching a campaign to help local veterans and their families at Christmastime. The St. Petersburg-based church, which is holding special Christmas Eve services at The Mahaffey, is asking all 4,000 attendees to bring a gift card of any amount – from gas stations to grocery stores to retail – to be distributed to local veterans and their families.
Among the organizations to receive the gift cards is the Fisher House at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. Fisher House Foundation is a network of comfort homes, where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. It is a home away from home for families of acutely hospitalized veterans.
Why gift cards for veterans? “We want to honor our local veterans who have given so much for
us,” said Lead Pastor Tim Whipple.
This is the second year that BridgePoint has taken its Christmas Eve services to the Mahaffey
Theater. The rapidly-growing congregation is at max capacity at their current facility on the
corner of Tyrone Boulevard and 9th Avenue North, necessitating a larger venue for a high-volume
Christmas Eve service. More than 3,600 people attended last year’s services.
A contemporary, relevant Christian church in St. Petersburg, BridgePoint has experienced
tremendous growth since its establishment in 2006. Its modern style, life-applicable teaching,
and commitment to local and international outreach has resonated with the people of Pinellas,
helping it to become one of the fastest-growing churches in the area.
Tickets for the Dec. 24 services (at 4 and 6 p.m.) are free.
More information about the gift card campaign and the Mahaffey event can be found