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Attendance doubles at 2nd Habitat for Humanity Family Fun Day

Attendance doubles at 2nd Habitat for Humanity Family Fun Day

By Shannon Myers
Correspondent

Saturday afternoon, the Area Fort Hood Habitat for Humanity helped provide a variety of activities, food, and products to families at the Harker Heights Community Park for their second Family Fun Day.
Habitat’s Family Fun Days started as a fun way for Habitat to spread the word of the services they provide and presence within the community.
“We’ve had about twice the amount of folks here. We’ve definitely had a great time and a great crowd,” said Fort Hood Area Habitat Executive Director, Ken Cates.
With the help of Ellis Air Conditioning, Kappa Lambda Chi, and volunteers, Habitat provided an array of activities from glitter tattoos, coloring station, bounce house, field games, music by DJ Abner Senior, to an appearance by Pikachu with the help of Fort Hood Little Miss.
“We were just going to take them to the park, and then we saw this. It’s been a lot of fun for her so far,” said Amanda Bucher of Fort Hood, looking on as her daughter, Bella, three years, had Hello Kitty painted onto her face by Mrs. Fort Hood Ambassador, Jennifer Ruthner.
Approximately 18 vendors set up under the shaded pathways, providing a variety of products and treats for families.
Harker Heights residents, Colleen Canuto and her daughter Riley, five years, decided to venture out this weekend and go support local businesses while having fun.
“It’s been fun. It gets us out of the house and something to do…Having the vendors here, I prefer to buy stuff that’s made local and benefits a cause instead of going to Walmart or places like that. I like it. It’s been something neat,” said Colleen Canuto.
10 percent of the sales from the traditional vendors went to Habitat and nontraditional vendors paid a flat fee. The proceeds from the Family Fun Day continue to benefit Andy’s house, the 70 home Habitat has built in the area.
One of the vendors present, Eileen Silao has seen firsthand what Habitat does for the community by helping make renovations to the Body of Christ Outreach Center in Killeen where her spouse is the Senior Pastor.
“The impact they do for the community is big. Because of Habitat, we were able to rebuild three of our roofs for our church. We are also rebuilding our hall and we (were) able to get some supplies from them,” said Silao, one of the parents helping their daughter’s booth for the Polynesian Dance Group to raise funds for their costumes as well as Habitat by selling fruity and regular lemonade.
Habitat plans to have Family Fun Day on the last Saturday of September and October and other events to be scheduled in the fall and winter months. For more information visit, www.fhahfh.org/home

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