THANK YOU Everyone for a VERY Successful 2016 Celebrating Families. We are now getting ready for 2017
The new location for Celebrating Families for 2017 is St. Joseph school at the Cathedal. Ausgust 26th from 9am to 1:00pm.
The 2016 Celebrating Families turnout was the largest in the 16 years we have held it. Over $10,000 in socks and underwear was given to 965 area youth. The 30 vendors in attendance were nearly overwhelmed by the crowd of over 1,700 people who came for the morning. We served over 1,100 free lunches!
We also want to thank the donors, volunteers and vendors for making this so successful. Over 30% of the items given away were donated in our drop boxes at the Lewis and Shopko Stores, the rest was purchased with financial donations from area businesses and individuals. Special thank you must be given to KNWC for making Celebrating Families their Hands and Feet project for August and KELO TV for producing and airing the ads for the event.
We are Returning to the The Washigton Pavilion!
The Washington Pavilion is located in downtown Sioux Falls and has plenty of room for all of our activities. The Pavilion staff has been incredible to work with and we encourage you to come and share in this great experince.
We will be announcing the date for the 2017 Celebrating Families event in the coming days.
Thank you for joining us for Celebrating Familes in 2015
Lat year we serve over 1,700 people and gave away over $7,000 in donated socks and underwear to families who truly appreciate the help! We also served over 1,000 free meals - it was great.
This Back to School Fair gives families new to the area, and those who have been here, a one-stop-shop for information on essential services in the Sioux Falls area. You will find everything from a simple health screening and what's new at the Zoo and the Fire Department Smoke House. Over 30 service providers will be on site to provide information on all of their services. AND IT'S ALL FREE!
Youth will receive a package of socks and underwear (our goal is to have enough funds to provide BOTH to each child). Seems simple but it's one of those things not usually on your back-to-school list. While supplies last we give each child (there with a parent) a package of their choice. If we receive enough donations - maybe they can get one of each.
If you desire to donate, we ask that all socks and underwear are youth sizes, new in the package. All Lewis Drug Stores and Shopko Stores are drop off points for the donations or you can bring them to our office. Many churches and other organizations participate as well. Or, we do accept monetary donations which go directly to purchase the items to be given away. CHECKS should be written to Dakota Drug and Alcohol Prevention (501c3) or Celebrating Families.