A local church saw a huge turnout at a “community day” held at Riverside Park in Mount Airy.
The Sanctuary, a Mount Airy Church located on Worth Street, held a community day of giving Friday afternoon at Riverside Park. The gathering included fun and games for kids, free hot dogs and popcorn and an opportunity to interact with local law enforcement personnel and other public safety officials.
Glenn Dulaney, who pastors the church of 90 or so members, said the event was a great way to help people, noting in addition to the free food, backpacks filled with school supplies were being handed out to school-aged children.
The backpacks come at a needed time in some households, noted Dulaney, with “back-to-school time” fast approaching.
Dulaney said the event was being held Friday for the first time in Mount Airy, though the church has had the event in Elkin and King in the past. This year’s community day of giving was held in lieu of another Sanctuary event.
“This is taking the place of our vacation Bible school,” explained Dulaney. “We decided to spend the money here instead.”
Emma LeClair, who organized the event, said the church’s buses had been busy picking up children who might enjoy the event.
“We think this is a great way to reach more kids in the community,” noted LeClair.
Dulaney said he also felt it necessary, given all of the recently reported violence against police officers throughout the nation, to include the Mount Airy Police Department in the affair.
Police Chief Dale Watson and other officers were on hand issuing junior officer badges and giving children the opportunity to check out their vehicles and equipment.
Members of the Mount Airy Fire Department also had a truck at the event and interacted with children wishing to sit behind the wheel of a fire truck or wear the oxygen packs used by firefighters.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.