CALIFORNIA CITY — Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church hosted first, possibly first annual, “Day of Prosperity” in honor and remembrance of the life of Trinity Wiggins, who was tragically killed last summer in a shooting that occurred off Corwin Avenue and North Loop. She was 12 years old.
Reverend David McKinley of Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church, in conjunction with United Herbalism Co., Dust to Diamonds Inc, and Green Thumb AV Youth Program of Palmdale, hosted quite a day of fun and Holiday joy for over 300 local youth. United Herbalism Co. released this statement on the event: “During the months leading up to December, United Herbalism Co. volunteers and Solid Rock Church members were busy preparing to put together a joyous day for families throughout California City. On Dec. 22, 2018, the Solid Rock Church doors opened and welcomed in over 300 kids and their parents for an unforgettable Day of Prosperity event.”
The free festivities kicked off with cheerful holiday music, laughter, love and unity. Children enjoyed hot chocolate, cotton candy, popcorn, arts and crafts, a fun-filled bounce house and the excitement of picking out their favorite toy from Santa’s workshop. While the sounds of happiness and gratitude filled the air, parents received a few holiday treats of their own.
Dust to Diamonds Incorporated sponsored an outdoor shopping center equipped with women’s, men’s and children’s clothing for families to stock up on fashionable apparel. An overabundance of garments was presented, and attendees were able to shop around for necessities such as jackets, pants, shirts, dresses, business attire and more. Resource kits and toiletries, as well as bags of non-perishable food items, were provided to each participant to assure that they had tools to begin the new year with a new sense of pride.
As the event approached a close, dinner was served to the remaining children, and a heart-warming moment took place. A balloon release occurred to celebrate the beloved life of 12-year-old Trinity Wiggins, a victim of gun violence in the community. After Trinity’s family and fellow church members signed messages of love and respect, the balloons were released, and the event concluded.
While families began to leave, and volunteers started to clean up, words of appreciation and prosperity filled the room. “Empowering one another is how we strengthen our community,” stated one volunteer from United Herbalism Co. “When is the next Day of Prosperity event?” questioned an 11-year-old Solid Rock church member. United Herbalism Co. is already planning for the next “Day of Prosperity” event in early 2019 and will give more details closer to the date.
Kudos to Solid Rock and Rev. McKinley, United Herbalism Co., Dust to Diamonds-Mariah Dodson and Vanessa Macias, Green Thumb AV Youth Program, and all the many volunteers who made for such a special day to honor the memory of Trinity Wiggins.