Good Neighbor Festival
"furthering the lord's work in our community."
In 1986, a hard working Church family found themselves more than $200,000.00 in debt due to tough economic circumstances. After selling their farm and their farm equipment, they were still more than $40,000.00 short and were about to loose everything. Several members of the church decided that they would organize a festival to help the family - to be "good neighbors."
The festival planning garnered media attention from The Virginian Pilot, WVEC Channel 13 News and the local CBS affiliate. Contributions from all over the community started pouring in. The day of the first Good Neighbor Festival, reporters and televisions crews were on the scene. Before the breakfast had ended, the cash boxes were full, and the generosity continued throughout the day. The money was raised, the family's home was saved. But new needs within our congregation and community continued to arise.
A committee met once again and determined that since someone will always be in need in our community, we could make the Good Neighbor Festival an annual event, with all the proceeds from the festival going towards those who need it most. Since 1986 we have raised over $200,000 all of which has been used to help families in Hickory, Great Bridge and Moyock.
If you are interested in helping with the Good Neighbor Festival or if you know of someone who may need assistance from our Good Neighbor funds, please contact Cindy Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.