MCLEAN, VA – The second annual McLean Nativity held on December 10-11 proved to be popular, likely attracting thousands of attendees and many donations for SHARE of McLean.
The McLean Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a group of eight congregations in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church, hosted the drive-through manger for two nights in December. Management said 600 vehicles passed over the two nights, with around 2,000 participants in total.
“Like last year, we were hopeful that this event would bring joy and hope to the community, which is still affected by the pandemic,” said Jim Stansel of Arlington, president of the McLean Stake. “The crossing provided a safe environment for people to celebrate the life of Jesus Christ together while coming together to provide Christian service.”
The event took place in the parking lot of the Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Great Falls Street and Kirby Road. The crib exhibits included a crib and a Bethlehem landscape and market; shepherds, angels and wise men in various fields; live sheep, goats, donkeys, miniature horses, chickens and rabbits; and over 20,000 Christmas lights. Participants could listen to a podcast with narration on their radio.
The Driving Day Nursery was also a donation campaign for McLean SHARING, a non-profit organization providing a pantry and other services to those in need.
“The community has been exceptionally generous in donating food and other items to help those in need this year,” said Christy Lucia, Relief Society for women president. “Our neighbors filled a semi-truck from back to front for McLean’s SHARE, a local food bank operated by McLean Baptist Church. They also filled an SUV with similar items to benefit the Komak Foundation, which is serving the needs. Afghan refugees in Northern Virginia. “