By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – More than 200 turned out Monday night at Tupelo First Presbyterian Church to kickoff a week-long celebration of the family.
Tracey Garth of Tupelo brought her two young daughters, and before she knew it she wound up in a game of Scrabble with a complete stranger.
“Everybody should break bread together. This is just amazing,” said Garth, as she and her girls enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers, while other kids jumped inside a bounce house and played basketball.
The Tupelo Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the second annual block party as a way to bring folks together.
The Higgenbotham and Fuller families brought their little ones from the Furrs community, while the Woods and Morris families of Tupelo also made a joint visit.
“The family unit just seems to be breaking down, and this is a wonderful way to remind us how important it is,” said Sandra Woods.
All events during the Week of Family are free, and include family story time today at 5 p.m. at the Lee County Library, skate night at Skate Zone 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, play time Friday at the Wellness Center 4-7 p.m. followed by a movie at the Link Centre at 7 p.m.
Saturday will be a full day of fun with admission to HealthWorks 10 am. until noon, as well as to the Oren Dunn City Museum 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy carnival-type rides, a rock wall and other attractions along with refreshments and a free lesson in emergency preparedness 1-4 p.m. at Ballard Park.
Visit www.tupelo.weekofthe family.org for more information.