By Portia Williams
September 22, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Young girls in the area had a unique opportunity to establish their self-worth and gain confidence in the Party like a Princess event that will take place Saturday at Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene.
“I do an event for girls in the communities around the Tri-State area and it’s called, ‘Party like a Princess,’” organizer Kelly Daniels said.
The purpose of the event is to help young girls ages four to 10 realize their value and worth, and to help them to learn virtues that they would want as they grow older, according to Daniels.
Daniel said she teaches young girls virtues such as loyalty, truthfulness.
“We teach them to make right choices, and to be pure,” Daniels said. “This is our fifth year. I used to be a children’s pastor in Coshocton, Ohio, and at my very first event we had 48 little girls, and the second year 108, and last year that I did it there we had 260.”
Daniels said the Party Like a Princess event evolved into a community effort.
“People in the community would come forward and sponsor the event, and we had so many girls, that we had over 100 volunteers,” Daniels said. “This is our first year to host this in Portsmouth, and it will be held at Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene. We are starting small in Portsmouth. We are only going to have 40 girls this time.”
Daniels said she has received support from local community to host the event.
“Paramount Beauty Academy, The Ritz, and Larry Moore’s Sports are helping to sponsor us,” Daniels said.
She said the activities for the Party Like a Princess were setup in stations.
“When the girls come to the event, they go through makeup stations. So the station they will learn a bible story of a female bible character that had a virtue that they need to have. They will hear that story from a person that is dressed in character, and then they will get their facial,” Daniels said.
She said a meal was provided to the girls, as well as a T-shirt. Door prizes were given out.
“At the end I talk to them, and we have a very meaningful talk. I speak to them about their value, and that God has a purpose for their lives, and it is bigger than them being rich, or beautiful,” Daniels said.
Daniels said she encourages them to reach beyond their present circumstances.
“I tell them that no matter what their circumstances are, they can do great things,” Daniel said.
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