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Culture of Compassion brings message of hope
This was some of the activity during Saturday's Culture of Compassion event at the DARE field in Rumford, held by the Praise Assembly of God Church. A total of 688 families participated in the second annual event. (Times photos by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- Many River Valley families are better prepared for the school year following the second annual Culture of Compassion event last Saturday at the DARE Field.
According to Pastor Justin Thacker, 688 families took part in the four-hour event. "Without question, this year's event was a homerun. It is a great pleasure to help the community again this year with school supplies, food, medical assistance, clothing, and a message of hope. I am very proud of the 65 volunteers that helped make the Culture of Compassion a success."
"Morale was high and attitude was positive from everyone involved. I want to thank all the individuals and businesses that helped make Culture of Compassion possible. Feedback from recipients was extremely positive. Folks were also grateful and appreciative according to the exit surveys that each family completed. Many families enjoyed the Kid and Clothing zones. We are just glad to be able to help make the River Valley a brighter place to live," he noted.
The kids zone featured a Moon Bounce. There was also a dunk tank.
There was a table for health and dental education. People from Rumford Hospital offered blood pressure and bone density screenings. Nurse Jackie Dion of Livermore Falls educated people about diet. Also there were Ray and Lisa Doherty of Main St. Dental Hygiene, with a lot of toothbrushes to give out.
Popular was the place for school supplies and gently used clothing. There was a number of college t-shirts and hats. Pastor Thacker and others will be delivered their message at the Hope Zone.
Entertainment included the Teen Challenge, Joel and Janna, Belmont Radio and Sara Ledesma.
There was a prayer table, followed by a table with a free meal including hot dogs. Then there was a table with groceries for two full meals. At the end of the walk through the stations, there was a survey asking their thoughts about this event. They were also provided with a list of local churches.
Mission coordinator Brandy Ledesma said. “We hope to continue this event for many years to come."
People who would like to donate to next year's event can do so with checks to Praise Assembly of God, (mark Culture of Compassion), P.O. Box 269, Rumford, ME 04276.
For more information, call Praise Assembly of God Church at 364-3586, or stop by and visit at 89 Congress St. in Rumford.