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Black Friday may officially kick off the Christmas shopping season in many people’s minds, but for some in Houston, Texas, it also means a day of service and a time to help those in need.
This year, eight local churches are providing an alternative to the frenzied Christmas shopping occurring on the day after Thanksgiving through a project called Bless Friday.

“This is a different way to start off the season,” Chuck Fox, founder of Bless Friday, told The Christian Post Monday. He said people are becoming tired of the consumerism that the Christmas season brings, and Bless Friday provides a “thoughtful call to action” to do something different.
Although Fox’s day job is in the energy business in Houston, he says Bless Friday is his calling. He came up with the idea two years ago after listening to a sermon at his father’s church. The topic of the priest’s homily centered on the advent season, and how society is losing sight of why we celebrate Christmas.
“By the time I went to bed that night, I knew I needed to take the day after Thanksgiving and turn it from a day devoted to shopping to one devoted to service,” Fox said.
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