“All I want for Christmas is peanut butter” | DS Scott Aleridge

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The Cumberland District collected 1250 containers of peanut butter to be used at the Bethpage UMC Food Pantry.

This year for Christmas, Rev. Scott Aleridge, Cumberland District Superintendent, wanted to help feed hungry children in and around the Sumner County area.

Bethpage UMC provides between 150-170 food boxes every Friday for families who just need a gap-fix between paychecks, normally towards the end of the month.

Peanut Butter is very expensive to get from places such as Second Harvest because it is sold by weight. After learning the need for this item, DS Aleridge decided that together, as a district they could help supplement these boxes by donating peanut butter!

The Cumberland District stepped up to help supply the DS’s wish of over 1000 containers! Thank you Cumberland District, you truly helped show Jesus to many, many families!


Pictured left to right: Rev Willie Burchfield, Pastor of Bethpage UMC and Byron Kanaday, Cumberland District Trustee.









This wonderful outpouring of support inspired Robin Stanfield to pen a poem celebrating the occasion!

Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the District

The DS was stirring, saddened with current statistics.

In Tennessee, 1 in 4 children face hunger everyday

And at that moment he knew exactly what to say.

“All I want for Christmas is peanut butter!” he shared.

Every pastor took heed for they knew how much he cared.

The churches jumped in and the collection began

He knew without a doubt it was the best plan!

For Christmas is about sharing the love of Christ

How a Savior was born, and then sacrificed His life-

Our prayer is that every home to which a jar is sent,

The Lord protects and provides, just as He meant.

But I heard him exclaim as he delivered on site

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!