The Frost Community Center will open today with an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. after several months of hard work and planning.

Located at 217 N. Garitty Street, the idea was initially for a clothes pantry for people in the community who had suffered loss due to fire or other tragedy. Iesha Young and Linda Meskimen, both with the Frost Volunteer Fire Department, discussed their idea with Bobby Vickery, and he expanded the idea to include a community center, where events may be held.

“Vickery offered the building, and we worked with Leah Hidde-Gregory, pastor of the Methodist church, and Chris Shirley, pastor of the Baptist church, to get the building ready,” Meskimen said. “We will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday and every third Saturday of the month.

“There are three large rooms, two in the back and one in the front. For now, one of the back rooms will house a food bank and clothing room until we get the other room fixed up. We will also be able to provide items to burn out victims to set up housekeeping again. The front room will be for social events, and we will have a pool table and dominoes.”

Meskimen also said plans are in the works for a Meals on Wheels program soon, and said they plan to support the Community Center with garage sales, bake sales, donations and other fund-raisers.

Other services planned once the center is open are job search services, a book exchange area, tutoring for children and teens, Girl Scouts, and recreation for senior citizens.

Several local dignitaries have been invited to the open house, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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