The Tifton Gazette offers a round of applause for individuals and organizations doing good things in our community.

Halloween helpers

The Halloween memories of children only happen with a little help from adults.

Good job to the parents who took their kids trick or treating, whether in a neighborhood or a trunk n’ treat; to the volunteers and organizations who hosted events; and to the houses and businesses that braved the long lines of trick-or-treaters with endless bowls of candy.

Go Light Up Your World

Local businesses, churches and individuals set out luminaries on Oct. 23 to show support for providing safe and caring environments for children.

White bags with sand and candles lined city streets, driveways, county roads and sidewalks around the area as close to 60 registered sites put out a visual reminder of their support of local youth.

The Tift County Commission on Children and Youth (TC3Y) spearheads the community wide event each year.

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 date also fell within National Red Ribbon Week, which focuses on drug-use prevention in young people.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

High heels were the shoe of choice during the 9th annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, which took place on Oct. 22 on Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s front lawn.

The event is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which takes place throughout the month of October and is designated by the color purple.

The walk is an international event where men walk a literal mile wearing women’s high-heeled shoes as a way to get the community talking about gender relations and men’s sexualized violence against women. The walkers take a pledge that they will honor women in their relationships and avoid any kind of violence and control in their relationships.

Nancy Bryan, executive director for Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House, said that 147 walkers participated this year and raised $1,465 in donations.

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