Impact Kids Day Oct. 8



Article Published: Sep. 29, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 8, 2011
Impact Kids Day Oct. 8

Impact Kids Day Oct. 8 includes a festival for under-privileged children, offering games, activities and all-around fun.
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There are children in the High Country who are fighting an uphill battle through no fault of their own.
But there is something community members can do to put smiles on these kids’ faces, food in their tummies and heat in their homes.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, everyone in the High Country is invited to participate in Impact Kids Day. The United Methodist Churches (UMC) of Watauga County are sponsoring the event, but organizers hope everyone in the community will get involved.

“This special day of service is for everyone who has a heart for children in need and simply wants to make a difference in their lives through very tangible expressions of love,” said the Rev. Marianne Romanat of FaithBridge UMC in Blowing Rock, coordinator for the event.

Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located behind the sanctuary at 471 New Market Blvd. in Boone. They will then go out into the community to serve children through a variety of activities.

The first is a food collection at local grocery stores for the Backpack program, which gives children food for the weekend. Volunteers will participate in a one-time collection to bolster supplies. Kids who qualify for the reduced or free lunch programs benefit from the program. Food donations are ongoing at Watauga County UMC churches, but a one-day collection at local grocery stores will take place the day of the event.

A volunteer wood chopping and delivery service will also be included as part of Kids Impact Day.

Boone Area Ministries will help to provide firewood to needy families. Anyone with a pick-up truck to help with deliveries, or who can provide a wood splitter, is urged to volunteer.

Local UMC churches are also collecting craft kit supplies. The community can take craft supplies to these churches through Oct. 5. On Impact Kids Day, volunteers will assemble the craft kits and deliver them to children at OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) and the Hospitality House.

The final outreach event will be a festival for kids who are living at the Hospitality House and in Bradford Park Trailer Park. Volunteers will brighten the kids’ day by being involved in activities, including an inflatable playground activity (provided by Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue), face painting, jewelry making, a clown and free balloons, bean bag toss, sack races, football toss, a fishing booth and refreshments.

After a morning of impacting kids’ lives, participants will celebrate with a luncheon at Boone UMC at 11:30 a.m., with free food and refreshments for all volunteers.

Interested volunteers can visit http://www.impactkidsday.org for more information and to pre-register to serve.

Impact Kids Day is part of an evangelistic outreach called “Impact Community,” a larger effort of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Impact Community aims to put into action the philosophy of the “Rethink Church“ campaign, which inspires United Methodists to look at church as being a verb, rather than a noun. For more information, go to http://www.rethinkchurch.org.

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