Trunks full of treats at Pleasant Green


Left to right: Juli Nimitz, Julie Wood-Beckwith, and Mark Aught. Wood of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Portsmouth, and coordinator of Pleasant Green Baptist Church 13th Annual Trunk and Treat event. Nimitz and Aught travelled from Cincinnati, Ohio to be a part of the event.

Hundreds came out to enjoy the 13th Annual Pleasant Green Baptist Church Trunk and Treat event.

A host of members of Pleasant Green Baptist Church, and members of the community volunteered their vehicles to give out treats at the 13th Annual Trunk and Treat event.

The costumes, the candy and treats, the distribution of New Testaments, and a visit from Donald and Daisy Duck made Trunk and Treat at Pleasant Green Baptist Church (PGBC) a fun-filled event.

The 13th Annual Trunk and Treat was held on Oct. 22, 2016, at PGBC in Portsmouth. Hundreds of people consisting of children and adults, made their way through the line up of vehicles on the church parking lot with trunks full of goodies. Daisy and Donald Duck, PGBC members, members of The Gideons, and other members of the local community volunteered their time and vehicles for the event.

Julie Wood-Beckwith, coordinator of the PGBC Trunk and Treat event, said she is ecstatic about the outcome of this year’s Trunk and Treat.

“I was just so happy with the number of volunteers that came out to support the effort, and how they too believe in the mission that is set forth with this project,” Wood-Beckwith said. “The volunteers understand what it means to reach out and give back to the community. This is all about giving back to the youth in our community.”

The support kept coming, in multiple ways making success inevitable.

“There were many contributing factors that made this event a success. It was the giving of time, the donations for the candy, the prayer, the encouragement,” Wood Beckwith said. “You wouldn’t believe the amount of phone calls that I receive with people expressing just how they were hoping and praying for us that the outcome would victorious for the community.”

The special visit by Daisy Duck and Donald Duck, portrayed by Juli Nimitz and Mark Aught of Cincinnati, Ohio. Nimitz said they have desired to be a part of the PGBC Trunk and Treat for a long time.

“I am a native of Portsmouth. I grew up on Timmonds Avenue by Mound Park, and I graduated with Julie Wood-Beckwith, class of ‘76 at PHS,” Nimitz said. “First of all, I love Trick or Treat. I look forward to it. It is my favorite thing in the whole year, better than Christmas. And I make costumes. I love to make costumes. I found out about this Trunk and Treat event last year. Another classmate mentioned this on Facebook that Julie was accepting donations for Trunk and Treat in Portsmouth. That year I could only send money, because I couldn’t make the date.”.”I always wanted to come and help out, because I am a big believer in community service,” Nimitz said. “So, I told Julie that I could come last year, but I wanted to come this year. And so here we are. We loved being a part of this. This was so much fun.”

Nimitz made the extraordinary Daisy and Donald Duck costumes, and has had a great demand for them down through the years.

“I will tell you that this pattern for these costumes doesn’t exist anymore. I made these 30 years ago and the pattern was only available for two years,” Nimitz said. “And then it was pulled from the market. Disney only allowed it for two years. And so, I have remade these several times. Many people have worn these costumes.”

Wood-Beckwith said the volunteer base for Trunk and Treat was incredible.

“I was just so happy with the number of volunteers that came out to support the effort, and how they too believe in the mission that is set forth with this project,” Wood-Beckwith said. “The volunteers understand what it means to reach out and give back to the community. This is all about giving back to the youth in our community.”

The support kept coming, in multiple ways making success inevitable.

“There were many contributing factors that made this event a success. It was the giving of time, the donations for the candy, the prayer, the encouragement,” Wood Beckwith said. “You wouldn’t believe the amount of phone calls that I receive with people expressing just how they were hoping and praying for us that the outcome would victorious for the community.”

Additionally, Wood-Beckwith said she has spent a tremendous amount of time during the course of the week

“There were a lot of people that asked me to give them a call when the event was over, the patrons who are from South Carolina, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus,” Wood-Beckwith said. “Many of them communicated that they were not just writing the checks, and forgetting about the event and would provide the support if I decide to do this again next year.

Bill Lutz of the Gideons, said they came to Trunk and Treat to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ.

“I am here with the Gideons today to pass out God’s precious word to these children, hoping maybe a parent will get a hold of it and read it and be led to the Lord,” Lutz said. “That is our whole purpose of being here today. As a Christian I believe it is important to spread the gospel, and share it with anybody that we can.”

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