India Fyffe, 3, points out a book to her mother, Detra Hames of Lawrenceville, at a booth during the Day of Hope Foundation’s annual celebration Saturday on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn in Lawrenceville. Area churches collaborated and provided the free books for the event. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)
LAWRENCEVILLE —The first question children typically asked when they came across the table filled with books Saturday was, “How many can we take?”
Tamara Cox, who attends Victory World Church in Norcross, volunteered to give away the books, which had been donated by area churches for A Day of Hope, an annual outreach event held Saturday on the lawn of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.
“We’re just making sure that the kids have everything that they need regarding books, and there’s no limit on what they’re getting or what they can take,” Cox said. “(These) kids love to read because they want to take one book and they come back for others.”
The books weren’t the only things given away during the community event. Lawrenceville resident Elbie Ancona and Katherine Snyder of Snellville, who both attend Gwinnett Community Church in Lawrenceville, staffed a booth giving away free coats for children and adults. Ancona said of about 300 coats that had been donated by area churches, about 250 had been given away just three hours into the five-hour event.
Groceries and free haircuts were also given away.
“We are a bunch of agencies, local organizations, ministries, nondenominational churches collectively giving our community a day of hope,” said Lynne Fetsko, a Lawrenceville resident and co-founder of A Day of Hope Foundation Inc., along with her husband Jim. “We’re able to meet their emotional, spiritual, physical needs with health and wellness. We have words of encouragement, songs of encouragement. We’re here to just love our neighbor.”
This is the fourth year A Day of Hope Foundation has hosted the event. The foundation’s mission is “to bring hope to the people in our community by connecting them with available resources to address their spiritual, emotional and physical needs.”