Tinesha Earnest decided that she wanted to do something for the children of Carroll County, so she along with Monique Meeks, Domonique McKinney and Candace Cobbs put their heads together and decided to host a Back to School giveaway.
The giveaway is the first for Saving Our Youth Ministry. Earnest said they decided to form a group to help the youth of Carroll County. The event will take place Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Vaiden High School Gymnasium.
“God laid it on my heart to do something, so I reached out to them and we hit the ground running,” she said.
So far, the group has Farm Bureau of Carroll County, Hoover Dentistry, Vaiden Mayoral Health Council, Whitney’s Boutique local churches and individuals who have all agreed to donate monetarily, by donating school supplies or just by donating their time.
“Our goal is to help 200 children of Carroll County. It’s not just for Vaiden, it’s for Black Hawk, Coila, North Carrollton, Carrollton, Teoc, all of Carroll County,” she said. “Dr. Mary Katherine Hoover will be there giving away toothbrushes, Tobacco Coalition will be there, Families First will be there with information and we’ll have jumpers.”
The event will take place at the Vaiden High School gymnasium from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be free food, entertainment, DJ, live performances by the Tri-County Falcons Cheerleaders and the Pretty in Pink Dance Team, free haircuts for boys and raffle for a free hairstyle for three lucky girls. Earnest said barbers will be set up at the event and will be on site for haircuts, at no charge to the parent.
She said the group of women are friends, working women, are all apart of different groups and wanted to do something to give back to Carroll County. “We’re in different organizations, we’re on the PTA together, we’re just on different things and wanted to give back to the community,” she said.
Earnest said this is the first event the group is holding and plans to hold more.