Singer's Family Sending Blankets to Poor this Christmas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Instead of exchanging gifts this Christmas, Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall says his family is sending
blankets to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Hall says it's a way to teach his children that Christmas is more about giving than receiving.

Hall, who's also a youth pastor, adds that his family plans to take part in a church mission trip to the South Dakota reservation next Spring.

It will be a return trip, since Casting Crowns has performed at Pine Ridge to help raise money for a children's center on the reservation.

Hall says he's been to India and Africa, but was shocked to see that kind of poverty in America.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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