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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN. (WDRB-TV)--A Jeffersonville preacher is taking his message from the pulpit to the worldwide web. Rev. Drumondo Simpson is pastor of Indiana Avenue Christian Church. He wants his message to be heard outside the walls of the church.
And if it works, there will be toys under the Christmas tree for children at local orphanages.
"Something just dropped in my spirit," says Simpson. "I was thinking about those that wouldn't receive gifts on Christmas morning. As I was strolling through the park...something dropped in my spirit...what's going to happen to the orphans on Christmas morning? It's the mandate of the church to take care of the widows and the orphans."
Pastor Simpson is asking his members and everyone to put Christmas gifts under the church's tree. He's calling it "Stuff the Ave."
"And what we mean by Stuff the Ave is like stuffing the stocking. That means to bring gifts to the church every Sunday and Wednesday for the orphans," says Simpson.
Some of the gifts will replace an old basketball in the front yard or perhaps even this bike at Kingsfield.
"We'll have some children who won't be able to go home during those times and that will be quite a blessing for them to experience Christmas here," says Paul Denny, the executive director of Kingsfield Children's Home in Sellersburg, Ind.
Denny says he is happy the children are being remembered, but says there is a downside.
"At the same time I think there is a sense of sadness you know because this is not ideal."
That's one of the reasons Pastor Simpson is doing this. Simpson says he does it "just to see the expressions on their face."
And that's enough to make Simpson and some of his members leave their own families on Christmas morning.
"Me and a couple of leaders...we going to go dress up you know in our Santa outfits and Christmas outfits and we going to go and hand out gifts and toys right to the children," Simpson says.
Pastor Simpson says the YouTube video has already helped generate lots of toys, but more are needed.