Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene's "Splendor of Christmas" concerts raised more than $22,000 for Interfaith Community Services during December.
For the third straight year, the church collected offerings at its free Christmas concerts to support the nonprofit's programs for seniors, disadvantaged and disabled Pima County residents.
Each year, the number of concert participants and audience members have increased, along with the total contributions to ICS.
This year, a cast and choir of 180 people performed 10 concerts at the church at 500 W. Calle Concordia, where an average of 700-800 people attend services each Sunday. More than 7,000 people saw this year's performances and contributed $22,081.62 to ICS. Last year, the concerts raised $14,600.
"Our Christmas musical is a gift to the community," said Worship Pastor Larry Vinyard. It is the church's desire to show Jesus' love by doing our part to help people in need in our community."
Bonnie Kampa, executive director of ICS, called the contribution "astounding."
"We are so grateful to the congregation at Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene and to the many people who attended the performances for their generosity, especially during this time of such great need," she said. "The number of people served by ICS this year surpassed 36,000, and these donations will help us provide more assistance to more people in financial crisis, many for the first time in their lives."