By Kathy L. Collins
The Good Samaritan Mission in Wimauma is hosting its Third Annual Family Salsa Festival on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Good Samaritan Mission is located at 14920 Balm Wimauma Rd. in Wimauma. Admission and parking are free, and the public is invited to come out and enjoy family activities, arts and crafts and sample international foods. All proceeds benefit Good Samaritan Mission and its mission.
The Third Annual Family Salsa Festival is a fun filled day of tasting and sampling not only salsa, but a variety of international foods. When asked why salsa? Executive Director, William Cruz said, “It is not only a highly popular condiment, but it is also one that is prevalent across a myriad of racial groups. Everyone loves salsa. It is an excellent opportunity for neighbors, vendors and community service providers to meet in one place while enjoying the family-friendly atmosphere. We will also have entertainment and children’s activities.”
Sponsors for the event include, Champion Self-Storage, Mail Box Store (Sun City Center), Boggs Jewelry, HCC, Tampa Bay Stage Productions, LLC, Chris’s Plumbing Service and United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. Commercial vendor booth rentals and sponsorships are available.
The Good Samaritan Mission has been helping people who live in Southeastern Hillsborough County for over three decades. The Good Samaritan Mission provides a variety of classes including cooking/nutrition, financial literacy, parenting, computer skills and health literacy to those in need who live in Wimauma, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, Lithia, Sun City Center and Riverview.
Classes meet every Tuesday and last for approximately 30 minutes. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish. Upon completion of each class, students are given tokens which they can use to shop in “Ann’s Shop.” Here they can find a variety of food items, toiletries and diapers.
According to Cruz, the Good Samaritan Mission strives to help those in need “Through adult education classes, discipleship and mentoring, we help our neighbors grow closer to God and each other.”
For more information on the Good Samaritan Mission and the Third Annual Family Salsa Festival, visit www.gsmission.org or call 634-7136.