Friday evening, at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, the holiday season got off to an early start as the Sickle Cell Disease Association celebrated their holiday dinner and appreciation ceremony.
As community friends gathered in the hall, it was apparent that no one was a stranger to this annual event. Christmas ornaments could be seen coming out to prepare for the annual Ornament Exchange, a game everyone took part in. When your number is called, you have the option of choosing someone’s ornament or keeping the one you have.
Opening the occasion, Mr.l Wallace Wallace, president, thanked everyone for coming and had each individual stand and introduced themselves. Prayer was given to bless the food and from the point on, it was all about eating, laughter and good times.
A buffet dinner of fried chicken, baked chicken, green beans, fried corn, mashed potatoes, green salad, potato salad, fresh fruit, and desert lined the tables for all to enjoy.
Awards were given to various groups including the Chariots Motorcycle Club and Sonshine of Majic 106.
Each year, the organization gives back to the community through helping children and adults with the Sickle Cell trait or Disease. Be it a donation of food, finances or transportation, this organization reaches out to the community to he[ those who need help. “We always need volunteers to help us in the office and with many projects,” said Wallace. “More important, we want to educate our community about Sickle Cell trait and the Disease and to talk about Sickle Cell 365 days a year to bring it to the forefront. We also need more members for our Board of Directors.” He said.
This year, we are challenging our community to set aside $1.00 a week to go towards our Sickle Cell children. Giving up a soda or a bag of chips to help a child isn’t much to ask.” said Wallace.
We would like to see 500 people commit to $1.00 a week. This will go a long way in helping our children. Who know, it could be your child in need.”
For more information contact Walter Wallace at (850)291-0168 or call the office st (850)434-6092
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