Beginning Sunday night hundreds of people are expected at the corner of E. Noble Avenue and N.E. 7th Street to participate in FreedomFest, a Christmas Celebration.
Last week organizers appeared before the Williston City Council to bring council members up to date on the week-long event and ask for a police presence.
“I can’t explain to tell you how big this will be,” said Daniel McGee, minister of evangelism for the River Church in Tampa, told the council.
McGee and Michael Michelleti said the event is an offshoot of Crusade for Christ.
In addition to the sharing of the gospel, each night will have several giveaways.
On Sunday, there will be free barbecue for everyone and $1,000 in gift cards given away.
McGee said Bill Moore from Live Oak volunteered to bring his cooker that holds 300 whole chickens.
Monday an additional $2,000 in gift cards will be distributed and on Tuesday, $2,000 in cash will be given out.
The children are center stage Wednesday when bicycles and toys will be distributed.
McGee said organizers hope that 1,000 toys will be given away to needy children.
There will also be drawings for iPads, a flat screen TV and more, he said. He said on Thursday there will be $50,000 in college scholarships given away and $1,000 of bills will be paid.
But the giving doesn’t stop.
On Friday a lucky family will drive away in a gently used car–with no payments necessary.
Everything is free, McGee said, and security will be onsite.
Police Chief Dennis Strow said he would work with the group to provide at least one officer, most likely from his auxiliary.