Unity fair brings residents together

Published 3:06 pm Saturday, May 12, 2018

The city of Port Arthur and its citizens have been through a lot with Tropical Storm Harvey almost nine months ago.

So Nakia Crockett with God 1st Community Ministry along with a number of other special guests got together to host One Love One City Unity Fair at the city’s pavilion on Procter Street on Saturday.

Nakia Crockett, right, with God 1st Community Ministry, and Chris Sias during One Love One City Unity Fair at the city’s pavilion on Procter Street on Saturday.
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“It’s about unity,” Crockett said. “We are trying to change the atmosphere in Port Arthur.”

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Saturday’s free event featured bounce houses for the kids, free food and drink, vendors, and free supplies, clothes and shoes.

He said there is still need in the city. Some residents are still trying to recover from the devastating flooding from Harvey and don’t know where to go for help or may have been scammed by a crooked contractor.

“People are down, they’re frustrated,” he said, adding that the federal government has sent some financial help but that is coming out slowly. “It’s hard to get things back for your household now imagine that for a whole city.”

Crockett said he can help people get their homes back together and knows of groups wanting to volunteer. He also feels people should help one another such as cleaning up your own ditches and maybe cutting your neighbor’s grass if they can’t.

As the event was kicking off, the smell of barbecue on the pit wafted through while children ran and played. One of those doing the cooking was Harry Prudhomme of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Also in attendance was Terry Brown, the imperial potentate of the Prince Hall Shriners.

Brown, who was distributing boxes of non-perishable breakfast items, said it feels good to give back to the community.