Dozens of Massey Hill residents gathered for food, faith and festivities at the Massey Hill Leisure Center on Saturday for Massey Hill’s first day of fun.
The free event, sponsored by Fayetteville’s New Hope Gospel Ministries and The Life Center, ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and featured two live DJs.
Volunteers handed out free food and drink, including hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill. The event also hosted a variety of games and activities for attendees of all ages, including a Mickey Mouse-themed bouncy house and face painting.
Representatives from the Fayetteville Police Department offered ice cream and community safety information, while members of the Fayetteville Fire Department encouraged residents to take photos with a fire truck and helmet. firefighter.
“We’ve been in the community for a while doing outreach,” said Apostle Georgia Walker of New Hope Gospel Ministries. “The Lord just put it on my heart to do this.”
Walker and her husband, Pastor Jesse Walker, worked with Life Center pastors Sharrean McCrimmon and Reggie McCrimmon to establish Massey Hill Fun Day, which they plan to make an annual event.
“Our vision is to be in the community and bring God’s love out of God’s house into the streets,” Walker said.
Georgia Walker also highlighted the involvement of Fathers Forever, an organization that began 14 years ago with the goal of helping incarcerated fathers better connect with their children.
The Raleigh-based nonprofit aims to do this through parenting classes offered in jails and prisons, anger management classes, and transitional housing. The housing is open to fathers upon release and accommodates up to 38 participants for 90 days, according to Dr. Glen Warren, CEO of Fathers Forever.
Volunteers and participants highlighted the community spirit of the day.
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“We’re meant to be part of the community and to give back,” said Sharon Journigan, chair of the Fayetteville Cumberland County Council of Ministers, who sponsored a booth at the event. “We are better together.”
Life Center member Sanura Smith said the opportunity to give back was what excited her most about the Massey Hill Fun Day, noting that her family brought school supplies to donate to the community. .
“There are a lot of resources that people don’t know about,” she said. “You have to have these things to raise awareness.”
For the younger members of the community present, the games and food offered were the highlight of the day.
“I liked the ice cream,” said eight-year-old Aiden Lee, who was at Massey Hill Fun Day with his younger sister and grandmother.
Aiden’s sister, Arianna Lee, 6, agreed with her brother on good food, munching on a packet of Sour Patch Kids as she spoke. “The bouncy house was my favorite,” she said.
Crowd members cheered as Sharrean McCrimmon quoted a proclamation from Mayor Mitch Colvin commemorating Massey Hill’s first day of fun and stating the event will be held every fourth Saturday in August.
“This fun-filled day will allow residents to embrace the diversity that is present among every neighbor and business in Massey Hill’s footprint,” McCrimmon read in the proclamation.
Public safety reporter Lexi Solomon can be reached at [email protected]
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