June 7th marked our second annual Norwood Children’s Carnival, co-hosted with Woven Oak Initiatives, and it was a success!  This year, we moved the carnival to Upper Millcrest Park, spreading our games, activities, and delicious food over the entire area.  Between the shade of the trees, the lovely weather, and the access to all the amenities of the park, we couldn’t have asked for a better day for a carnival.

We began to set up around noon, and were blessed by so many of our friends who came and helped carry tables, start the grill, and set up the games.

 

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Some volunteers from the LILYMI Foundation

We had delicious burgers, hot dogs, pasta, and other picnic type food donated by The Fresh Market, Walgreens, Kroger, Betta’s Italian Oven, Mike Mezher Jr., and Speedway.  There was so much delicious food, we filled our bellies until they burst and even had some extra to bring back to Lydia’s House!

 

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Annie and Sam enjoyed every last bit of their food

We also had numerous volunteers from our Woven Oak and Lydia’s House communities come and help run the games.  We had face paint, snow cones, book giveaways, and many fun games!

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Debbie Anderson from the library handing out gift bags

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Erin Lockridge leads a garden activity

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Just one of our many carnival games

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Eileen Hogan helps with the bean bag toss

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Some friendly faces

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Alice Rericha and the Daisy Scouts volunteered at our PNC Coloring Station

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Face painting was one of our most popular tables!

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Nothing can come between a child and the ability to create bubbles

All in all, it was a fun afternoon, the only downside being that Hilary the Intern, due to a lack of foresight, got a major sunburn (and she learned her lesson, she promises).  New friends and old came together to enjoy the beautiful day and the hard work of our supporters, and for days afterward we basked in the glow of the love present in Norwood.  God is really doing great things in this city, and we are so blessed to be a part of it.

Many thanks to the following for their contributions and help: Daisy Scouts, LILYMI Foundation, Norwood Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Coalition, Norwood Nazarene, Norwood Recreation Center, PNC Bank, Vineyard Central, and all our donors and volunteers.