Community Block Party

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email

Dane Jones is a long-time shopper at the 1st Avenue Mini Market in Dothan.

"I come here about once or twice a month and they always seem to have something new somewhere,’’ said Jones.

But today he says he'll be shopping for a good cause since the mini market is using the proceeds from today's sales to help fund a new center for seniors and the disabled.

"I think it'll be really good for the area, it'll bring in a lot of tourists, and it'll help people. You know a lot of times when you're kind of disabled you get kind of depressed and anytime you're able to get out and do something for yourself you feel so much better," said Jones.

And this center will give disabled seniors a place to do just that.

"Seniors are sometimes forgotten about so we're thinking that they can come and join with others and communicate. We're goanna have trails, walking trails, ponds with turtles, we're goanna have bird watching areas, we're also going to have picnic areas, and we're goanna try to have a doggie park as well," said Yvonne Johnson, owner of the 1st Avenue Mini Market.

But with so many plans in the works, Johnson says it will be tough to try to find the right spot to accommodate this type of facility.

"The senior center is going to be staged on acres of land. We're hoping that somebody will maybe donate some land to us so we can get going a little bit sooner," said Johnson.

But until then, the mini market will continue to try to raise enough money on their own with the help of one more thing.

"The main event is that we're having a raffle of one of the four-wheeled bicycles," said Johnson.

"For the past three months, people coming to the Mini Market have been signing up for the raffle of this beautiful two person bike. At the end of the day somebody will go home with a great prize in the name of charity,” she said.

"So we got a great turn out for the first time and I'm looking forward to doing the raffle. I'm just happy that people will come out and see what we're trying to do for the community,” she said.

So be sure to stop by the mini market and give them your support.

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