Bringing in the New Year While Helping Others

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -- In two hours, Region 8 will ring in the New Year, but folks in one community have already celebrated by helping feed the need.

"We usually run from 400 450 kids.  It makes me feel good to give them somewhere to go," said Bed Forbs.

"It's grown every year and it's amazing to see how many people attend this event and how many people are off the streets and in this safe environment," said Alyx Horton.

"It's just a place I don't have to go to a party I know I'm safe here and I'm in a good environment and its fun," said Taylor Riggs.

In addition to giving people a place to come and have fun and listen to music, this New Year's Eve event sponsored by New Covenant Worship Center in Paragould, is also helping feed the hungry across the world with donations taken at the door.

"These shirts fed 100 kids just to buy one and its $10 and that may seem like a lot to some people but feeding one hundred kids, it made me feel good.  All of the money we're raising is going to feed the hungry," said Riggs.

Event sponsors say everyone who comes has their own reason for attending.

"Some of the adults come in because they're helping but most of the teenagers come in to hear the bands," said Forbs.

"They're awesome and they have amazing testimonies they're so unique and different that they reach a bunch of people," Horton.

And in addition to helping others, this event also is geared to helping those who are here.

"Maybe we can be a positive influence on them to show they don't have to drink on new years eve to have fun," said Forbs.