Unity Day draws large crowd

Charles Warner Editor

October 9, 2013

JONESVILLE — A Unity Day for the community was held at the Jonesville Municipal Complex this past weekend.

The event, which was called “Bridging the Gap Between Church and Community,” was sponsored by the Pacolet River Baptist Association Union of Churches. The free event was held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Participants were able to visit tables set up by the 45 vendors who took part in the event. There was also education, gospel music, games including Bible bingo, a clothes closet that provided free clothing, and a health fair.

Ruthie Giles, organizer of the event, said that three bone marrow donors were registered and the medical staff on hand did 58 examinations including blood sugar testing as well as giving 31 flu shots. Ten people donated a total of five pints of blood and 29 mammograms were given. She said another 30 people have signed up for mammograms at a later date in Spartanburg. The S.C. Commission of the Blind did 40 vision screenings.

In addition to medical services, Giles said that dental screenings were also provided.

Giles said that between 700 and 800 people attended the event with 582 registering.

Entertainment with a spiritual message was provided through Sha Sha The Clown who Giles said ministered to 140 children.

Past and current members of the United State Armed Forces were recognized and given certificates of appreciation for their service to their country. Those honored included one Korean War veteran, James Humphries, who attended the event from Charlotte, N.C.

Giles said this will be an annual event sponsored by the Pacolet River Baptist Association Union of Churches.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.