GARY, WV (LOOTPRESS)– The Gary Police Department will host several activities over Father’s Day weekend.
“We are offering father-child events, which are really parent-child events because we recognize single mothers who serve as father and mother. There are also uncles, aunts, and grandparents who assume the roles of both parents in children’s lives,” said Gary Police Chief S.P. Pat McKinney.
Gary City Hall hosts a parent-child dance on Friday, June 18, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Local DJ Christi Lester will play upbeat and family-oriented music so families can dance and socialize together.
Saturday will feature a “touch the truck” event where heavy equipment, dump trucks, fire trucks, and police cars will be at Gary City Hall from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Children who attend can learn and get a closer look at vehicles. At 2:00 pm, Welch News is hosting a walk along Route 103 in support of family activities.
On Sunday morning, all area ministers will host parent-oriented sermons in local churches. Then, at 6:00 pm, the Linkous Pool in Welch offers free admission for a parent-child swim.
Finally, on Monday, June 21, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the American Red Cross Blood Truck will be at the Jack Caffery Arts and Cultural Center in Welch, where parents can donate blood to build supplies.
“As a father, I think these types of events are needed and hope this can encourage other fathers to spend time with their children,” said McKinney.