Stanly Dreamers celebrate holiday season

Published 3:21 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2023

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The Stanly Dreamers celebrated the holiday season with a program at the C.B. Crook YMCA Pavillion in Albemarle.

At “Let’s Claus a Scene: The Christmas Experience,” children in attendance received gifts from Santa, including Mia Brown and Vance Leake, who each won bicycles as part of a raffle.

Tammie Owens and Jamond Pinkney performed a skit where Owens told the story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus as a bedtime story.

Lisa Leech performs a dance. (Photo by CHARLES CURCIO/staff)

Tempest Leake shared information about the Kwanzaa holiday, which was started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, chair of the Africana Studies department at California State University – Long Beach.

The festival, Leake said, was formed in the wake of the Watts riots to “bring the African-American community together” and combines harvest celebrations from the Ashanti and Zulu tribes. Kwanzaa goes from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, 2024.

Twana Pinkney, the founder and CEO of Stanly Dreamers, shared a message of thanks for the support of those who made the event possible.

Attendees then shared a meal together while the children opened their presents.

Stanly Dreamers is a nonprofit organization whose purpose, per the group’s website, is “dedicated to providing educational, cultural and mentor support for children in Stanly County.”

The bike winners were Mia Brown (above) and Vance Leake (below). (Photo by CHARLES CURCIO/staff)

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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