Sharing in the Community Christmas Social a success

Published 7:04 pm Thursday, January 13, 2011

Recently, Sharing in the Community Christmas Social was held at the G. Riddle Banquet Hall of the Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church. Although the event had to be rescheduled because of weather conditions, it set the tone for an even more festive occasion.

During this time of economic hardship, the event provided an opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas with those who are alone during the holidays, have limited funds or just need to know someone cares.

The Christmas social, which was sponsored by the Unity in the Community Organization, was made possible by the Polk County Community Foundation 2010 Seasonal Assistance Grant. The event attracted more than 100 senior citizens and those in need. The local families were served by volunteers and treated to live entertainment. The meal was catered (Mt. View BBQ & Deli of Columbus) and each family left with a fruit basket and/or gift basket.

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The program was led by the Rev. Arnie Twitty, pastor of the Green Creek Missionary Baptist Church, who served as the master of ceremony. Rev. Keith Knox, pastor of the Garrison Chapel Baptist Church in Tryon, gave a speech about his Most Memorable Christmas.

The crowd was moved by B.J. Mosley, a 14-year-old from Gastonia, N.C., who recited a poem titled Almost. Their appreciation was reflected in the standing ovation. The live music was provided by the R.R. Staley Ensemble and mime dancing was performed by Chad Davis.

One of the highlights of the evening was the fun and games segment which required audience participation. The participants showed they really were kids at heart. As their names were called, each approached the stage area to select from an assortment of more than 125 wrapped gifts, gift baskets, fruit baskets and gift bags.

Rev. Phil Forney, Terry Hines, Roy Miller, Michelle Miller, Linda Hines, Terri Palmer, Cassandra Staley and Rev. Rob Staley assisted with the Christmas social. All remaining gifts were given to local community leaders and pastors to distribute to needy and senior citizens in the community.