As the end of 2020 comes into view, one thing is universally clear: the importance of family, community, and our relationships with one another. It is also clear that the long-established, working, and emerging bonds between stakeholders on Glass Street are not only strong but incredibly open-hearted.
Earlier this month, Tina Stewart, Co-Owner/ Director of First Step Christian Childcare Development Center at 2633 Glass Street, reached out to Glass Street businesses and nonprofits like ours, inviting us all to help she and her daughters Rosalyn and Kahla “bring something different into the East Chattanooga community this holiday season.” The Stewart family was quickly hosting a zoom meeting with more than a dozen people from the neighborhood listening to their joyful idea with everyone offering heaps of help.
Please mark your calendars for “Welcome To Bethlehem” on Saturday, December 19 from 6 pm-9pm when the 2500 block of Glass Street is transformed into a drive-thru nativity scene complete with modern themes that take travelers through the story of Mary’s visit with Gabriel to a fully-produced live manger scene. The Chattanooga Choral Society will also provide caroling alongside shepherds and wisemen.
Rosayln, who grew up with her younger sister, Kahla, visiting drive-through nativity scenes each holiday, thinks it’s a perfect idea.
“Right now, We know there are families and children here in this area stressed out. Everyone is. We feel as a family that it would be a really great idea and a way to give back to other families in the area,” she said.
But the Stewarts didn’t stop there. They also knew that by using creativity to intentionally involve Glass Street stakeholders to make it happen, it was also a way to “realize what we can get done together if we work together with a vision for the community’, she said.
Tina, Rosalyn, and Kahla, Thank you! Keep inspiring us and y’all please come out to support the community on 12/19. Learn more on the Facebook Event page.