bless-friday-servingHOUSTON, Texas — While stampedes of shoppers searching for doorbusters and deals hit stores next Friday, some Houston area residents will shelf consumerism and opt to volunteer across the Bayou City participating in numerous activities from delivering cookies to passing out produce and helping the city’s homeless. Since 2010, a number of Houston churches have provided an alternative to Black Friday shopping called “Bless Friday” where participants can join community service projects in lieu of shopping. “We’d like to change the way America observes Christmas,” said Bless Friday founder Chuck Fox. A Houston business owner and oilman, Fox, launched Bless Friday to provide a “constructive, counter-culture” way to shift the focus of Christmas season away from consumeristic ideals. More