Town’s annual celebration provides an opportunity to raise awareness for Imagine No Malaria

August 23, 2012

Church: Adrian UMC

District: Southern Prairie

Submitted by: Pastor Kristi Franken

During the "Christmas in July" celebration that the town of Adrian hosts every year, the Adrian United Methodist Church gave their neighbors a chance to join them in saving lives from malaria.

When the Adrian Dream Team meet back in April, they hoped for a way to involve the community of Adrian in the Imagine No Malaria campaign. "Christmas in July" proved a great opportunity. On July 20, the church pitched a display tent and set up stations for kids to try their skills at many different levels of games. Children could play the duck pond, the Imagine No Malaria cake walk, the basketball toss (for big and little kids), ring toss, drop the pin, bean bag toss, and much more.

Even though the heat was stifling, young people visited the tent with $1, $5 and $10 bills to purchase tickets and try their skills at a station to win a prize. A bicycle was one of the coveted prizes. Children could also buy chances to win a big white toy gorilla (although several moms commented they would rather pay us NOT to have that thing in their house). But alas, some lucky person won the gorilla and the beautiful bicycle!

It was an awesome time watching the faces of all childrens and the workers to come together for the cause of saving lives in Africa through Imagine No Malaria. 

Visit the Adrian and Magnolia UMCs web site to see the Imagine No Malaria photos.

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