MILLSBORO – Tuesday, July 4, 2017 marked America’s 241st anniversary of its declaration of independence and freedom.
At East Millsboro Elementary School, it was a day of fun, food, faith and entertainment. And it was all free.
Hundreds of people gathered at the school on Iron Branch Road for the New Dimensions Family Ministries’ annual summer celebration. It was staged by NDFM’s Millsboro campus.
“We have it normally around the Fourth of July every year. And this year it fell on the Fourth,” said Elder Frank Gibbs of New Dimensions Family Ministries based in Millsboro. “This is our third year.”
The Freaky Frog Splash water slide inflatable was a huge hit on a hot, steamy July day.
Barbecue chicken, fish, burgers, hotdogs, chicken cheese steaks, hot dogs, Rita’s Italian Ice, French fries, funnel cakes and more comprised the menu.
“Everything is free,” said Elder Gibbs.
“So many times the church has a negative connotation in the communities for taking and taking and taking,” said Elder Gibbs. “This event is about giving; giving back to the community, letting the people in this community know that we are here, that we love them and that we appreciate them and that we are just here to give back. We’re not here to take. We are here to give back.”
“So, on days like today we purposely make everything free so that we can show the community we’re here to give back to them,” Elder Gibbs added.
The event is structured in part to promote community unity. New Dimensions, with a church campus in Millsboro, is headquartered in Salisbury.
“The door is always open,” said Elder Gibbs. “It’s very diverse, too. You see different cultures here, different races here and that’s what it’s all about. That is what heaven is going to be like. So, we need to do it right here on earth.”