Free food, fun available for all at Saturday’s Operation Blessing giveaway

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 24, 2004

Staff report

On Saturday, Sept. 25, Impact Suffolk is sponsoring a Family Day with an Operation Blessing food distribution to the needy of Suffolk and the surrounding area.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Tennis Courts behind Farm Fresh on North Main Street. A family carnival is planned with clowns, face painting, music, and fun for the whole family. The entire event, including hot dogs and drinks, will be open to the public free of charge.

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&uot;Christian Clowns of Virginia&uot; and &uot;Jesters for Jesus,&uot; will be a part of the day, providing music, and children entertainment. Also, Operation Blessing will be doing a free food distribution for the needy at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the food distribution will be available after 10 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to help bag the food starting at 9 a.m. Call Brenda McClenny at 539-7216 to volunteer. Volunteers need to wear comfortable hats and shoes, and bring a lawn chair.

As in years past, any left over food will be given to local agencies, churches with food closets, and church youth groups. Churches can request some of the

leftover food, by having a volunteer bring a letter on letterhead stationary.

IMPACt Suffolk also needs youth groups to help with the food give-a-way.

Free informational booths for services and ministries will be available. The American Red Cross will provide Kid IDs for children accompanied by an adult.

There will be blood pressure screenings and information relative to Crisis Pregnancy, addiction/recovery and other social services programs.

Entertainment includes gospel music and the &uot;Original Performers&uot;.