Pleasant Green Baptist Church’s parking lot 1421 Waller Street in Portsmouth, will be fully loaded on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. as the trunks go up, and treats go out for 13th annual ‘Trunk and Treat’ event.
For 13 years, Julie Wood-Beckwith, member of PGBC, and former resident of Portsmouth who resides in Columbus, Ohio has been heading up the Trunk and Treat event.
“I just think that it is important that we do come up with safe alternatives for children, as well as a safe environment for our children to have fun,” Wood-Beckwith said.”This is all about sharing the love of Christ, and the community coming together, and is something that myself, as well as my church family look forward to hosting each year.”
Each year cars line are parked on the church parking lot, and half of the expanse of the PGBC building. Eager children, their parents and guardians, teens and adults line up eager to have their sacks filled with tasty delights. Though the main focus is children, Wood-Beckwith said she also reaches out to recovery agencies such as Stepping Stone, and ministries such as Haley House who help men and women who are moving through the stages of recovery from drug addiction.
Hazel Richardson, a long time member of PGBC, said their Trunk and Treat is something that the community really needs.
“You know, trick or treating is nothing the way it used to be,” Richardson said. “Many of the children are really in need, and not just children. There are also a lot of adults, especially those from the recovery population that come to our Trunk and Treat, and get snacks, and things and are really blessed as well.”
It is requested that participating vehicles take position on the church parking lot between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 22.
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