White luminaries line the streets of Tifton during Go Light Up Your World.

White luminaries line the streets of Tifton during Go Light Up Your World.

TIFTON — The Tift County Commission on Children and Youth (TC3Y) is working on the 6th Annual Go Light Up Your World on Wednesday, Oct. 25, a community-wide event where luminaries are placed around the county to show support for providing safe and caring environments for children.

The day has been proclaimed “Go Light Up Your World Day” by both the City of Tifton and Tift County.

TC3Y is a nonprofit collaborative that works to improve the conditions for children, families and communities by working with the community to address serious challenges that face children and their families. They are asking community agencies, businesses, clubs, faith-based organizations and individuals to light white luminaries along the street in front of their properties from 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 and leave them burning until at least 8:30 p.m.  

Participating organizations are encouraged to have a program or activity to encourage youth to make decisions that are in their own best interests and take control of their lives.

The hope of the event organizers is that many locations in Tift County will come together to show that the community cares about and supports the well-being of local youth. The day was chosen specifically to fall on a Wednesday because many local churches already host youth groups on that day. The luminaries are meant to be a visual representation of unity within the community to ensure a safe and caring environment for children and youth. The luminaries are also indicative of a place that is a safe spect for youth.

Participants are asked to register so the TC3Y can track how many people and organizations are taking part and to be able to get aerial pictures of as many locations as possible.

TC3Y can provide white bags to everyone who registers. Each organization with a youth group is encouraged to have a program or activity to encourage youth to take control of their lives and to resist actions that are not in their best interests. TC3Y will also have pledge cards available upon request.

The pledge cards state that the person taking the pledge will take control of their actions and protect themselves from bad influences.  

For more information or to register contact Lillie McEntyre at (229) 388-1000 or tc3y@friendlycity.net.

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