2015 was a another great year for MSF! Along with our usual events, we branched out and help more people in new ways. The foundation partnered with a new organization to host a new event for PADV’s battered women’s shelter. MSF was given the opportunity to hosts anti-bullying events in Georgia and Louisiana! We couldn’t have done all of this without you. We thank you for your support!
New Year New You – PADV Event
MSF partnered with Partners Against Domestic Violence (PADV) and Latonia Camp to host the first ever New Year New You event. The women of PADV where able to enjoy an evening of pampering that consisted of a new hair style, makeup and nails.
MSF Juniors No Bullying Event
Barrow County Family Connection held a youth conference on June 3rd. Children came from surrounding counties for the event. The conference included a Teen Maze. The maze represented choices and how making the wrong choices could create a “maze of consequences”. Our MSF Juniors participated in the event by holding a No Bullying Campaign within the conference. Colette Onenda volunteered with the Juniors to host the campaign, and she was also asked to be a guest speaker at the event.
Donaldsonville, LA Back to School/Anti-bullying Event
In July, MSF partnered with Community Outreach Ryders to host a uniform and school supply giveaway. The children received bags filled with school supplies and uniforms at the event. MSF also gave the elementary-aged students lollipops with encouraging phrases while the middle and high school students received care packages filled with personal hygiene products with inspirational sayings attached to the bags. While this was MSF’s 2nd year supporting Donaldsonville’s schools, the No Bullying campaign was an added feature this year. The children went through an interactive session about bullying, the different participants involved and how they can make a difference. The children received pamphlets: one geared toward victims of bullying and the other for bullies and bystanders. Both pamphlets contained information to help eliminate bullying. Afterwards, the children had the option to sign a certificate that they would not bully and received a prize. MSF volunteers Dianna and Cher Singleton managed the event.
Barrow County Back to School Bash
Barrow County Connections held their annual back to school bash in July. MSF donated 100 book bags for the event. Children received free book bags filled with school supplies. Markus Wingfield participated in the event again by giving free haircuts to the children. Barrow County Connection also had another hair stylist join Markus for the event. Hats off to Barrow County Connections and all who participated for hosting a successful event!
PADV Thanksgiving Events
The 1st of our two Annual PADV Thanksgiving Events was hosted this weekend. Partners Against Domestic Violence (PADV) is an organization that help support women and children that have been victims of domestic violence. One of the main tools of support is shelter for the victims. Two events are held each year for the shelters. MSF was blessed to again partner with New Mercies Christian Church and Chef Derwin “DJ” Jackson. The evening opened with New Mercies’ singing group, One Voice One Sound. They sang a number of uplifting songs such as Break Every Chain and No Weapon (Formed Against Me Shall Prosper). Following this was the traditional “What I am Thankful For” turkey craft. Everyone made turkeys out of construction paper and then wrote what they were thankful for on the feathers. MSF gave out 2016 planners, inspirational crossword puzzles and books with supportive themes such as patience, motherhood & joy. The excellent meal prepared by Chef Jackson concluded the event. The menu included herb rotisserie chicken, roasted garlic & kale mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner rolls, cinnamon citrus tea and s’mores ice cream sundae! It was so good many people asked for seconds!
2015 Holiday Giving
MSF sent Christmas Packages to 4 Community Members.