St. Rest, Farm helping the public
St Rest Baptist Church and other areas of the community are collaborating to offer a cooler place for residents with no air conditioning.
St. Rest's Community Center is opening to the public. Times have not been released yet, however, Rev. Ben Martin will be available for contact.
Coordinating with him is Chris Broussard with The Farm on the corner of East Union and Talton streets.
"We're going to open the Farm on Saturday and provide a water park for the kids," Broussard. "We'll have supervisors out there from 9 a.m. uutil 3 p.m. Children can come and play in the water and then walk down to St. Rest's community center for indoor activities."
Broussard said Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is donating bottled water for the church and water stations and snacks will be available at the Farm for kids.
"Sheriff Gary Sexton is donating funds to buy popsicles and snacks for the kids and Gene Reynolds has donated funds so there's plenty of ice for both the cooling center and the Farm," Broussard said.
She hopes other churches in Minden will follow suit and open cooling centers for those with no way to beat the heat.