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Watkins’ hosting ‘Connecting with the Community’

Free food and children activities

JONESBORO — An event created to encourage residents to learn more about obtaining affordable insurance will be held Saturday.

“Connecting with the Community” is sponsored by the Watkins Funeral Home in Jonesboro, said its Community Liaison, Annetti Anderson.

“We are excited about ‘Connecting with the Community,’ ” Anderson said. “Anthony Watkins, CEO of Watkins Funeral Home in Jonesboro, and Jennifer L. Williams, owner of State Farm Insurance Morrow office, are connecting together to bring vital information about pre-planning and life insurance as well as financial services.”

The first annual “Connecting with the Community” is a free event. It is scheduled to be held Saturday, from noon until 4 p.m., at Watkins Funeral Home, located at 163 North Avenue in Jonesboro.

“Often times, when families are faced with a death, they come to us and we find out that they are uninsured,” she said. “The pressure of being uninsured during the grieving process is stressful for the family. Our CEO, Anthony Watkins, was instrumental in developing a plan which is now available for people who have found themselves in that situation. Our ‘Connecting with the Community’ event will help us to better inform people of insurance they can acquire at a low cost.”

There will be free food, such as hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones. Other activities include games for children, and live entertainment featuring the M.D. Roberts Middle School Dance Team, and the Pointe South Middle School Cheerleaders. A disc jockey, David Watkins — known as “DJ Fresh” — will play music and soloist Diamond Blount will also perform.

Clayton County Firefighter Keith Poole of Self Image Success will host a seminar on bullying.

“He teach will the children different techniques on how to handle bullies,” Anderson said.

Clayton County Sheriff Department K-9 unit will conduct a drug search demonstration during the event. Clayton County Health Department will also be on hand to offer information on maintaining good health.

“We just want people to come out Saturday, so we can connect with them and let them know the resources that are available for them in the community,” she added.