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20131214 Snow Day Conway Ave Baptist Church AF 4893 featureMISSION—Children threw snowballs, made snow angels and sipped on hot chocolate to keep warm early Saturday. With morning temperatures in the 60s, it was very much a South Texas winter wonderland.

Members of the Conway Avenue Baptist Church poured out 6,000 pounds of snow for local children to have a taste of a white Christmas. Members of the church and visitors put on their coats and mittens, and then spent their morning playing in snow, which was a first for many of the attendees.

Griselda Garza, mother of four daughters, said she is originally from Chicago, Ill. She grew up around snow, and she wanted her daughters to experience the snow at a young age.

“This brings to life the holiday scenario; it’s something they’ve only seen in movies,” Garza said. “I’m thrilled that they are going to get the hands-on feel, especially because they love the character Frosty so much.”

Garza said her two eldest daughters were old enough to remember the snow that fell in the Rio Grande Valley in 2004. But her two youngest daughters, who are 5 and 7 years old, had never touched snow before.

The four young girls, along with their mother quickly worked to create a 10-inch snowman with antler ears.

A few feet down from the Garza family was Kaylin Penk, a 3-year-old who was smiling while making snow angels.

Penk’s mother, Jenny, said she thought bringing snow to young children was a wonderful idea.

“Kids don’t get to see this kind of stuff,” Jenny Penk said. “When I told Kaylin about this she was so excited and said ‘I want to see the snow.’”

Conway Avenue Baptist Church Senior Pastor Johnny Mora handled the entrance of the snow area. Only allowing a few children at a time into the snow area for safety. Mora said the church chose snow because many children and adults have never experienced a holiday with snow.

“Families can get together under the Lord’s love and care,” Mora said. “This is so families can do something together, that is fun.”

The event also included train rides, moon jumps, small carnival rides and hot chocolate. Children were running around yelling for joy, having also been drenched by wadded snowballs.

“It was cold and wet,” said Garza’s daughter, 5-year-old Berly. “It was just like the Frosty movie.”

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