A day of Thanksgiving – In celebration of survival, recovery and hope

Seminole County citizens have had it rough, to put it mildly, since Hurricane Michael’s 115+ mph winds reshaped this community’s view of its world and forever changed normal life on the afternoon of October 10th. With the exception of the tragic loss of Sarah Radney, we miraculously survived. Neighbors began helping neighbors and strangers offering aid became friends. Hope arrived in the form of countless acts of determination by electrical linemen and volunteers from all walks of life and truckloads of incredible acts of kindness, food, supplies and shoulders to lean and cry on. It has been rough indeed. We survived together and we have begun to create a new normal and recover together.

This Saturday, thirty eight days after the storm we will never forget,  it’s time to rejoice and celebrate our community’s survival and recovery – together. A day of Thanksgiving celebrating our thanks and hope for a bright new future of togetherness – has been set for this Saturday, November 17 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Seminole County Middle High School’s football practice field, just north of the high school’s Phillip Daniels Field House. Parking will be available in the parking lots in front of the middle high school and in the school’s gymnasium parking lot.  All you have to do is arrive before 11 a.m., bring a chair or blanket, find you a comfortable spot to sit on the grass inside the practice field fence and sit back and watch the celebration come to you.

Every single Seminole County citizen is encouraged to attend and enjoy a survival parade, a tribute to our veterans, a thank you to all linemen and every single volunteer who has helped guide this community back into the light, a BBQ sandwich lunch, kids activities, praise and inspirational musical selections from the Seminole Singers and a massive community choir, and spiritual messages of hope and Thanksgiving from community and guest pastors.

The event’s message of hope will be given by Wayne Brown, who along with his wife are the founders of the faith based Community Impact Ministries. Wayne will also be cooking pulled pork and smoked turkey to feed 2,000 people which has been generously donated to the cause by a company called IMAGINE 320 LLC out of Peachtree City.

The parade processional, consisting of church groups, local veterans, students, and community volunteers, is being organized by Evangelist Selina Elijah and will begin at 11 a.m. If you would like to walk in the parade line up begins at 10 a.m. at the Seminole County School System Bus Depot at the corner of Sheffield Drive and Town and Country Road in Donalsonville.

For additional information call the Chamber of Commerce at 229-524-2588 or email david@donalsonvillenews.com

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