PRISON MINISTRY TIMES
July 18, 2015 — Vancouver, Washington
On Saturday, July 18, 2015, Families on the Outside, non-profit for children and families who are impacted by incarceration, held their 3rd Annual SUMMER PICNIC at Marshall Center Park in Vancouver. The carnival-themed picnic is an entirely free event for any family in our community to attend which also helps raise awareness of Families on the Outside organization.
Sheri Carter, Families on the Outside Events & Fundraising Director stated, “This event really grew this year. We added new games and an obstacle course for the children. Washington State Department of Corrections fully funded, set up, and even led the obstacle course. We’re looking forward to expanding the obstacle course in years to come. We also have entertainment every year and this year it was an action-packed puppet show filled with pirates and a funny parrot. The puppet show, led by Family Life Christian Church, was filled with mystery and ended in discovery. The children watched intensely while many parents were able to rest for a few moments.”
One of the volunteers shared that he was incarcerated and a past recipient of Angel Tree which provides gifts to children from their incarcerated parent at Christmas. His son and future wife were very touched by Families on the Outside stepping in to provide support, love, and recognition at Christmas time through Angel Tree. He volunteered for the first time at the picnic and wants to give back by helping other families and the community.
Here is what some mothers and grandmothers of incarcerated children stated about the picnic:
• We were very blessed to have so many caring compassionate people who took their time to volunteer. My grandson had a blast playing the carnival games. The puppet show was so cute, it even kept my 2-year old grandson’s attention.
• The kids and I had a blast. We had a water gun fight and even Sid Carter (founder) came and participated. The kids had fun shooting the adults. That was my favorite. I haven't laughed and played like that in a long time. It was awesome!
• Despite the heat there were smiles everywhere and the kids were having a wonderful time! Always a line at the snow cones! Much needed refreshment with the heat!
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