“With the help of the members and a very generous donor we collected more than ever before,” said Lincoln Smith, a member of the church and the Photographic Society of RI.
The food and toys were donated to the Crossroads Family Shelter in Warwick. Members of Lakewood Baptist church donated gift wrap, bows and gift tags to go along with the toys.
Lincoln’s been collecting toys and food each year at Christmas at the 255 Atlantic Ave. church for the last 20 years. The club’s annual banquet draws about 100 members, who are encouraged to bring food and toy donations for the drive.
Lincoln, 68 a Warwick resident, has been member of the church his whole life. His dad, also Lincoln, had been the pastor at Lakewood Baptist for 23 years before his retirement in 1988.