Youth Leadership Wilson members become heroes

Jessica Boyd • Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Youth Leadership Wilson held its first Hungry for Heroes event Saturday at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.

About 76 children from preschool to elementary school arrived to interact and have their pictures taken with their favorite Disney characters, as well as learn about what makes them unique heroes. The children played games, ate, talked with the characters and received autographs.

“The most exciting part was probably 95 percent of the children who came were dressed up in their own costumes,” said Leadership Wilson director Dorie Mitchell. “It was so neat to see the excitement in their eyes as they got autographs from their heroes. It was so cool to see the children all dressed up.”

Admission to the event was to bring a canned food item per participant. The food was donated to the Wilson County Schools’ backpack program for children without enough sustenance during the weekends or school breaks.

The White Room donated the dresses to the Wilson County Help Center, and I bought several dresses to use in our Youth Leadership Wilson project,” Mitchell said. “And we were able to collect canned goods from admission for the backpack programs. Look at the ripple effect that happened when the White Room decided to donate those dresses to the Help Center.”

Another Hungry for Heroes event will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at Castle Heights Elementary School, and admission will again be a canned food item per person. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.

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