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Gabrielle Parish, a recreation specialist with the Tarawa Terrace Community Center, cheers on participants during the Mother’s Day Tea at the Tarawa Terrace Community Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, May 10. The event was designed to give mothers a chance to relax and play with their children while being honored for their contribution to their families.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Justin A. Rodriguez

Community gathers for Mother’s Day Tea

10 May 2014 | Lance Cpl. Justin A. Rodriguez

When in doubt, pinky out.

 

Families preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day drank tea and ate muffins during the Mother’s Day Tea at the Tarawa Terrace Community Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, May 10.

 

The event was designed to give mothers a chance to relax and play with their children while being honored for their contribution to their families. Activities included crafts, games, a photo booth and tea served with finger foods.

 

“It’s very important to show how much you appreciate your mother,” said Seamen Elhadji Wane, a corpsman with Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. “I haven’t seen my mother in 10 years, so it’s important for me to give back and volunteer for an event like this. Mothers are irreplaceable.”

 

During the event, patrons were invited to participate in games with many chances to win prizes.

 

Parents could take a break in between activities to enjoy several types of tea’ while their children crafted macaroni necklaces, colored pictures and other crafts.

 

“My husband has been gone for the past couple of days because of training,” said Caroline Mayes, a mother who attended the event. “Some of the mothers here have deployed husbands and this event has been a good way for us to enjoy the day together.”

 

While families throughout Camp Lejeune honored their mothers in unique ways, staff members at the community center used the event to commemorate their achievements with a day of fun and relaxation, according to Gabrielle Parish, a recreation specialist with the TTCC.

 

“Today’s the day to recognize mothers for everything they do,” she said.

For more information about events held at the TTCC, call 450-1687 or visit mccslejeune.com/community.

 

 

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