Program brings together families and first responders

David and Danita Blow Ministries are writing that they merged with the Bridge Building Program on June 9 to present a “Family Fun Night” at Matanzas High School Gymnasium.

Over 100 children and families attended the event, showcasing personnel and vehicles from the Florida State Police, Flagler County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Palm Coast Fire Department. The local service providers went above and beyond the call of duty to make the event a tremendous success.

They gave the children and parents the opportunity to see and touch the service apparatus used in their environment. Everyone watched the demonstrations intently, and enjoyed playing with the equipment. Chaos, the K9, stole the show and became the center of attention. The atmosphere rang with celebration because God was blessing the event.

First responders, along with leaders of the Bridge Building Program, and David and Danita Blow Ministries.

Gifts for everyone
In addition to the outside activities, the participants enjoyed basketball, ping pong, and table games of chess, checkers, Connect Four, etc. – and a gigantic moon bounce with slides inside the gymnasium.

The parents, children and the first responders were all playing. One parent was photographed assisting the deejay on the turntables, and the first responders were photographed participating in the games.

Inasmuch as David and Danita Blow Ministries and the Bridge Building Program are committed to ministering to the needs of the community, they provided a free, fun-filled evening for everyone.

No one left the event empty-handed. Moreover, David and Danita Blow Ministries gave away gift bags and T-shirts to all.

Music, discussion
Nearly halfway through the event, everyone gathered in the gymnasium.

The First Church Youth Choir ministered through musical adaptation that tremendously blessed the crowd, and following the music ministry, Dr. Danita Blow facilitated an outstanding discussion with the participants and the first responders.

During the discussion, the first responders shared valuable information and insight, and each spoke about his or her career journey.

Both children and parents were informed about employment and educational opportunities within each field and ultimately received encouragement, motivation, and direction. It’s noteworthy that the Blows are extremely proud of these phenomenal service providers.

Prayer, then dancing
The highlight of the evening came after the discussion, closing prayer, and the Invitation to Discipleship led by Dr. David Blow, which took on the crowd’s enjoyment of line dancing.

Dancers and non-dancers crowded the floor to slide to the right, slide to the left, criss-cross, bounce and hop with the troopers, deputies, and fire fighters.

David and Danita Blow firmly believe that this type of community interaction is important.

‘Working together’
The Blows assess that “the children and families of our community must see that all of us – law enforcement, firefighters, and the community – are working together. We cannot wait until a crisis before we come together.

“Fear, prejudice, and ignorance are polarizing factors that only divide and tear us apart. Events like these build unity so that we may become stronger,” asserted the Blows.

To view other photographs of this awesome evening, or perhaps catch yourself in the photographs, visit David and Danita Blow Ministries, or the Bridge Building Program on Facebook.

David and Danita Blow Ministries wish to extend a “thank you” to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Department, Florida State Police, City of Palm Coast Fire Department, Kona Ice, the Bridge Building Program coaches, Janet Jones Confectionary, and Kim Steward Photography Studios.

Much more, stay tuned for the next event and do plan to attend.

VITAS hosting event for caregivers
There may be lots on your plate, but the “What About Me?” conference will provide opportunities for caregivers to be renewed and educated while taking time from their daily caregiving duties.

Flagler County caregivers are invited to join VITAS Healthcare for a free breakfast and roundtable discussion on how to care for yourselves while caring for others.

It is an annual event to provide caregivers with self-care tools and knowledge for empowering them to fulfill the challenging role of caregiver.

The presenters will be Linda Sharpe-Matthews, Flagler County NAACP president, and Dr. Marcella Scaccia, VITAS team physician.

The moderators will take in Janet Jensen, RN, administrator at the David I. Siegel Adult Day Care Center, and Joanne Hinkel, program manager, Social Services/Senior Services for the Flagler County Commission.

Mrs. Sharpe-Matthews will share her experience as a caregiver with a focus on the resilience muscles she developed while facing a myriad of challenges. Dr. Scaccia will provide the important information about stressors inherent in devoting oneself to the care of others.

Information during the session will form the foundation of table exercises, moderated by Ms. Jensen and Ms. Hinkel that will help each participant identify his or her challenges.

The conference will end with a session focused on providing self-care tools that participants can use while continuing in the vital role of caregivers. This will be facilitated by Vonshelle Beneby, VITAS bereavement manager.

That’s June 24, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Grand Haven Country Club, 500 Riverfront Drive, Palm Coast.

Due to limited seating, please RSVP to Phillip Asby at 386-366-6094.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.

Birthday wishes to the Rev. Patricia Coley Ford, Phillip Dunn, my dad, Rufus S. Coaxum, in the Bronx, June 15; Danielle Delaney, June 16; Imani Kinshasa, June 18; Elaine Koonce, June 19; and Randenese Litkett, June 21.



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