The journey to tell a television Christmas story in poverty-stricken Reading began two summers ago in holiday-decorated Hope Lutheran Church on North Front Street.
A national TV audience, estimated at more than 1.4 million homes, observed the 2012 Christmas Eve broadcast of “One Christmas Story: People Rich in Spirit,” a production of Odyssey Networks, a New York-based multifaith media coalition.
It was a story designed to depict Reading’s hope and faith amid economic challenges. At the time, it sparked energy and excitement.
But, one year later, at Christmas 2013, many of the city’s social challenges remain unchanged.