From left, Bert Jimenez, Prison Door Inc.; Larry Myers, Prison Door Inc.; Johnny Gonzales, director of Community Volunteer Program; Jim Ridgeway, Prison Door Inc.; the Rev. Mark Baker; and Sammie Peterson of Roswell. Community Volunteer Program held its New Yearâ€™s Day party for kids, Saturday. (Jonathan Entzminger Photo)
Community Volunteer Program held its annual New Yearâ€™s Day party for children at 1 W. Byrne St., Saturday.
[auth] â€œMy goal is to reach the children in this area,â€ said Johnny Gonzales, director of Community Volunteer Program. â€œAs long as they know weâ€™re going to be here (for them) thatâ€™s all that matters.â€
The party ran from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers with the Community Volunteer Program and Prison Door Inc. gave out food and milk and offered prayers to attendees. Gonzales said part of the partyâ€™s goal was â€œto tell them thereâ€™s help.â€
â€œTheyâ€™re looking forward to this coming year,â€ he said. â€œThe sun has risen upon them and now they can have some hope. Itâ€™s important to reach out to someone else.â€
Bert Jimenez, a member of Prison Door Inc., emceed the event and sang gospel songs with Sammie Peterson, a Roswell resident. Sponsors for the party included Lawrence Brothers IGA, Natureâ€™s Dairy and Roswell Boys & Girls Club.
â€œA child in this neighborhood has nowhere to go on New Yearâ€™s Day,â€ Gonzales said. â€œThey have to find a place where they can go.â€
The Community Volunteer Program accepts donations throughout the year to fund its programs that reach thousands of local residents. To make a donation call 624-7579.