EAST ROCKINGHAM — Nearly 75 people gathered for the candlelight walk Friday night in the Aleo Mills parking lot in East Rockingham in order to put the spotlight on safety.
Crystal Brooks, event coordinator, said the walk was the first step in taking the neighborhood back from society’s ills and evils that range from violence, drugs and poor parenting.
Six local ministries and the community are working together to take back the reputation of East Rockingham and combat those issues. Walkers traveled the 0.2 miles from the meeting place to the railroad tracks on Front Street and back several times.
The goal isn’t to improve the world as a whole, but “where you live is your mission field,” Brooks said.
“This is the first of many events to come,” Pastor Larry Butler with Harbor for Souls.
During the walk people sang songs, including “Amazing Grace” and “This Little Light of Mine.” Walkers seemed optimistic about the future of East Rockingham.