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An Alcohol-Free And Family Friendly New Years

MIDLAND -- "Well, if it wasn't for something like this, I might not have a safe place to be," said Jamie Hawkins.
MIDLAND -- "Well, if it wasn't for something like this, I might not have a safe place to be," said Jamie Hawkins.

Hawkins says having this as an alcohol free alternative for new years means a lot to him.

The Palmer Drug Abuse Program of Midland held their eighth annual new years celebration, an event that Kim Henderson from PDAP says is made for everyone.

"Even for those that are not in recovery, that wanna come have a nice family atmosphere and family fun together, this is a great place to come," said Henderson, prevention program director for PDAP.

This new year's eve celebration was full of several activities for all ages ranging from bounce houses, photo booths, a prize walk and a video game truck.

Those who have chosen to live a sober lifestyle say this one of the few alternative new years events that is alcohol free.

"I need stuff like this and I need the people that are in organizations like this to help me maintain not only my lifestyle that I've chosen which is a sober lifestyle, but also just to be safe you know," said Hawkins.

"I've been sober for six years now, and it's kind of like a safe spot on the worst night of the year for the country," said William Gates.

Aaron Russell says this is his first time here with his family and says it's great that they can celebrate new years in a family-friendly way.

"It's a fun place for them to just be able to run around and just enjoy being around other kids and stay up late," Russell said.

According to Henderson, this event is completely free!

With food and several prizes and raffles for the public to enjoy.

"New Years Eve is a tough time. It's a tough time to be out on the streets, it's a tough time to be alone and I'm neither one of those things here," said Hawkins.


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