December 8, 2012
PDT Staff Writer
Mylee’s Missions will host its third annual Christmas Spectacular in the old Portsmouth High School gymnasium Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Christmas Spectacular is winter wonderland composed of different stations for children to actively participate in, with a volunteer base of 125 people.
Children participating will move through the stations, as adults remain in another designated area.
“It takes a lot of people to host an event like this. Are volunteers come from different churches and organizations,” said Miles Ferguson, Jr., who founded the non-profit Mylee’s Missions, as a ministry created in the memory of his late infant daughter, Mylee Grace Ferguson.
He said the goal of Mylee’s Missions is to share God’s love to children of the local area, and all of the adults and children will receive bibles.
“We want to reach out to the needy, but our ultimate goal is to reach souls. Our number one goals is to meet spiritual needs of people,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson said Christmas Spectacular has been instrumental in helping people to receive salvation, and following up with the families is an important dimension of the event.
“Even after the event, we follow-up with the families to see where they are at, to see if they are going to church, and to see where they stand at as far as their needs are concerned. We try to help them out in any way that we can,” Ferguson said. “We know that a lot of families are going through a really hard time, and we just want to help.”
Family photographs will be taken for the families to take home with them, and refreshments of hot chocolate, milk, and cookies will be served. There’s also a story time about the birth of Christ, a gift bag, bibles, and children will have the opportunity to design their own Christmas ornament at craft station. For families with babies, a bag of baby supplies will be given. Each child will receive a gift, which will consist of a toy, sweatshirt, and winter coat, and each family will receive a bag of groceries.
Though the event is scheduled from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., Ferguson said they plan to continue until all supplies have been given out.
Transportation will provide complimentary shuttle service the Christmas Spectacular event for those in need, to and from the following locations on Saturday during the event. Farley Square pick-up time will be 12:30 p.m. at the community and activity center. Wayne Hills pick-up time will be 1 p.m. at the corner of Kendall Avenue and 17th Street. Kiwanis Housing (New Boston) pick-up will be at 2 p.m. Ohio Avenue Christian Church Parking Lot.
Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.