ROSEBORO — With goals of uplifting the spirits of children during the holiday season, the park in downtown Roseboro will be filled with music and fun soon.
“Gospel Concert in the Park” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 4, at Roseboro Park, 100 E. Roseboro St. The event will be hosted by Toys for Tots of Sampson, Bladen and Wayne counties, along with Revival Deliverance Center. Its purpose is to raise money and collect gifts for the Toys for Tots organization, a program operated by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Toys for Tots’ mission is to provide new toys to less fortunate children.
Along with singing and music, some of the features include spoken word, mime dancing and food and clothing vendors. Organizer Donna Monroe is looking forward to having another successful year.
“We think it’s a good thing for the community and we work really hard for different groups to come out, sing, perform or do whatever their talent is,” Monroe said. “It’s open to anyone who wants to come and help us out.”
Like many other volunteers, Monroe believes that the organization is beneficial to help less fortunate families.
“Some people may have lost their jobs and sometimes they don’t have enough money to buy toys or support (Christmas festivities) because of everyday life,” Monroe said. “It’s a good thing that we can assist them to make sure they’ll have something for Christmas.”
The upcoming “Gospel Concert in the Park” is one of many efforts held during the year. A motorcycle run was recently held in Clinton. Another previous mission of the organization was to collect books to distribute for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, which provides reading gifts to children.
Toys for Tots started in 1947 when the late Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marines Reservists distributed more than 5,000 toys to needy children in Los Angeles. The idea was suggested by his wife, Diane Hendricks. Since then, more than 540 million toys have been donated to 251 million less fortunate children.
Attendance is free, but organizers are encouraging everyone to make donations or bring a new and unwrapped toy.
“Anything they can do will be appreciated,” Monroe said.
Food vendors may participate and the cost for a spot is $100. For non-food vendors, the fee is $25.
For more information about performing or becoming a vendor, contact Monroe at 910-990-0967.
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