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St. Andrews Presbyterian Church holds first Community Appreciation Event on Saturday

Irmo, SC (James Bowers) - St. Andrews Presbyterian church took the opportunity to say thank you to members of the Irmo community and its public safety officials on Saturday. The church held its first “Community Appreciation Day” at its St. Andrews Road campus.

There were many things there for the people of the community to see and do. Among the many attractions for the public to enjoy were interacting with personnel and seeing the equipment from the Irmo Fire District. There were also police officers from both Irmo Police Department and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office as well. The agencies had their vehicles on site and the Irmo Fire District showed off their recently acquired metal cutting tools with a vehicle extrication demonstration.

Those present at the event also were treated to a car show and food from several local vendors. Irmo High School’s jazz band treated people to a performance, while the youngest in attendance enjoyed thrills such as a bouncy house and miniature train ride.

Pastor Dale Welden of the host church said that the mission of the event was to honor public safety officials,and to show appreciation to them, as well as other great nonprofit organizations and ministries from the community. “Irmo is a great place to live and raise a family,” Welden said. “We as a church want to be a friend to this community and be considered in that way." Welden added that the event was just one way his church reaches out to Irmo residents. The church holds several functions such as concerts, a fall festival for children, and other arts and music events throughout the year. Weldon says community outreach is a huge part of the church’s operation. Public safety officials took the opportunity to raise awareness of what they do and inform citizens how they can help themselves also. They were talking with the crowd about the proper installation of smoke detectors and fire alarms during the day. Irmo Fire District Public Information officer Brian Haley says among the department’s community service projects are donation of fire alarms and prevention education through visits to local elementary schools. Haley says the department provides materials on fire safety to the students regularly." We’re training children to be the fire safety managers for their homes. We don’t always get a chance to talk to the adults, so we use the children to educate the parents,” Haley said.

The Irmo Fire District, like other organizations dedicated to protecting the public and responding to emergency calls, values public interaction as of their most effective tools to promote safety.

For more information on the community outreach programs at St. Andrews Presbyterian, call the church at (803) 722-2273 or visit them online at sapc.net.

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