Thursday, September 11, 2014

Happy Grandparents Day!

National Grandparents' Day has been recognized in the United States since 1978, and in Kingsport, it is always celebrated on the first Sunday in September.

Kingsport's New Vision Youth always bring the grandparents of the community together on the Saturday just before the big day, to treat them to lunch, fun and games.

"The Grandparents Day celebration started at the old Riverview Boys and Girls Club," says New Vision Youth director Johnnie Mae Swagerty. "At the time, the club was located in the Riverview Apartments. We commemorate our grandparents, because our history comes from them. They are our past and the legacies they pass on to us are our future."

"We should always look up to our grandparents."

At this year's event, the oldest and youngest grandparents and birthday grandparent were recognized. Winners were Mrs. Gladys Gambrell, Mrs. Barbara Bristol, Mrs. Shelia Leeper, Mrs. Delois Delaney, Mrs. Bytha Kilgore, Mrs. Louetta Hall, and Mrs. Mary Gamble.

Delores Delaney made the spaghetti, and members of the New Vision Youth served the seniors present.

Door prizes were also given out to the seniors in attendance.

Kingsport's Grandparents' Day was sponsored by New Vision Youth, in partnership with the South Central Kingsport Community Development Corporation, and Kingsport Parks and Recreation.

After the slide show of the celebration below, please go on for the special event that highlighted this year's occasion: The New Vision Youth Ice Bucket Challenge!