Community Volunteer Program holds New Year’s party for kids

January 2, 2011 • Local News

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 Year’s Day party for kids, Saturday. (Jonathan Entzminger Photo)

Community Volunteer Program held its annual New Year’s Day party for children at 1 W. Byrne St., Saturday.

[auth] “My goal is to reach the children in this area,” said Johnny Gonzales, director of Community Volunteer Program. “As long as they know we’re going to be here (for them) that’s all that matters.”

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 party’s goal was “to tell them there’s help.”

“They’re looking forward to this coming year,” he said. “The sun has risen upon them and now they can have some hope. It’s important to reach out to someone else.”

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, Nature’s Dairy and Roswell Boys & Girls Club.

“A child in this neighborhood has nowhere to go on New Year’s Day,” Gonzales said. “They have to find a place where they can go.”

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.

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