COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For more than 20 years the pastor and the members at C.R.A.C.K House Ministries in Linden have been helping the families in this community. This holiday season they are spreading the gift of giving.
C.R.A.C.K House Ministries stands for, Christ Resurrects After Crack Kills, and the majority of these people here at the church Thursday are dealing with and overcoming addiction, like Paula Metcalf.
“They have helped me a lot with my sobriety and helping me get through my brother’s death and my mom’s. And it is hard through the holiday’s when our family’s not there,” said Metcalf.
Metcalf started to get involved with the ministry after her brother passed away from a drug overdose. Metcalf has struggled with addiction as well and is committed to staying sober for her children.
“We honestly wouldn’t be having Christmas if it wasn’t for the church,” said Metcalf.
“My prayer is that she would get it. She would maintain her sobriety because of her kids,” said Mitchell Ellison, Pastor of C.R.A.C.K House Ministries.
Pastor Ellison, Columbus City Council Member Jaiza Page and former Ohio State Buckeye basketball player George Reese, teamed up with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority to make sure the families in Linden have a Christmas with presents under their tree.
“I was in a lot of these family’s situation when I was younger so I understand what they are going through,” said Reese.
“To be able to come back to the neighborhood where I grew up and to give kids toys and to feel families, to give them produce to take home for the holiday season is really near and dear to my heart,” said Page.