Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Thanks for Giving" Celebration Set at West Dumas Family Life Center

               Happening Now- The Launch of our GoFundMe for Redevelopment the West Dumas Community Family Life Center


2015 City PRIDE “Thanks for Giving” Awards and Festival Day—
November 14th West Dumas Community Family Life Center
12noon-3pm | 501 West Bowles| Dumas, AR| 71639

The Happenings:

A Celebration of Delta Creativity, Music, Arts, Food, Families and more is on the way. 2015 City PRIDE “Thanks for Giving” Festival Day is just around the corner— It is the 10th year of the Annual “Thanks for Giving” Celebration now with the added City PRIDE boys and girls and youth and young adult features.
This event motivates youth and young adults to go forth with their dreams and goals in pursuit of their God-ordained careers as they continue in school or enter the workforce. The awards segment has awarded over 10 leaders and businesses who have given much to the community and we say to them- ‘Thanks for Giving” with a special award.

The festival brings the city together and attracts persons from across to Delta to come and celebrate City P.R.I.D.E.- Positive Results in Dumas- Everyday. Past Festival Days have brought over 1,000 persons to the West Dumas Community Family Life Center Festival Days. Here is a list of some of the highlights in the works:

Ø Positive Awards to Youth and Young Adults; includes talent and creative contest for youth and aspiring creative talents to win scholarships with “earn while you learn” benefits.
Ø 2015 Mentor/Leadership/Service Awards to Proven Leaders of Service
Ø Literacy and Book Fair
Ø College Recruitment Fair
Ø Workforce Empowerment Zone with Job Opportunities
Ø Holiday Vendor Expo- Inviting small businesses and startup businesses to bring a table of goods to “show and sell” just in time for the holiday gifts.
Ø A “Taste of the Churches” Yes- their love and holiday joy but also ‘a taste of great holiday food showcasing their best recipes and cooks’


2014 Annual “Thanks For Giving” Celebration

A Taste of New Orleans Returns to Dumas for Thanksgiving

 Saying “thanks for giving” to God and to volunteers in a gathering with community, family, food and fellowship with a taste of New Orleans sampled into a traditional holiday menu will be the happenings this Saturday, November 15th from 11am-2pm, at the West Dumas Community Family Life Center located at 501 West Bowles St in Dumas.Also returning is the community “Taste of the Churches” where participating churches bring a table of food decorated in their festive creative design and everyone gets to get a “taste of the churches.”  A barn-fire styled station will be set up for youth to get their “hugs and hot dogs” and roasted marshmallows.

Pastor Charles Johnson of Way Maker Ministries, New Orleans, Louisiana will deliver the official “Thanks for Giving” keynote address and he will bring deep-fried Cajun turkeys which will be served up with homemade soups and chili.  City P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Results in Dumas-Everyday), HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith and Way Maker Ministries of New Orleans and local ministries will also present the 2014 “Thanks For Giving” Awards and the final community food distribution of the year which includes special gifts of household goods to include toiletries, health and beauty products and food items just in time for the Thanksgiving meal. A special visit from the SNAP program will feature Ms. Lynn Sudderth, SNAP Outreach Field Manager. The SNAP Outreach Field Manager works with under served populations who are eligible for SNAP benefits but are currently not enrolled, trains agencies and volunteers to help eligible individuals apply for SNAP benefits.
The awards ceremony will take place at 1pm and one of the recipients will be Mayor James Berry who was instrumental in helping to launch City P.R.I.D.E.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations/contributions are requested and will be received to assist with the ongoing food service and outreach efforts for 2015.

Note:  In case of extreme cold we will be at HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith located at 224 Walnut at Waterman in Dumas- please stop by the Life Center prior to proceeding to HMC).