Give Back and Have Fun at Blowing Rock Winterfest!

Hi Mom Squad readers!  It’s been a long time… Some of you may not even remember a time when I posted frequently.  I’ve been a busy girl.  There’s something I would like to share with all of you that I believe really deserves everyone in the High Country’s time and attention.

This year I was made aware of a service in the Watauga County Schools, called the Food Pantries. You may already know about this, but I find a remarkable number of local parents are as unaware as I was.   Children are identified by need, and discreetly given bags of non-perishable food items to take home to be sure no one goes hungry over the weekend or in the evenings. This is my children’s second year as a part of High Country Dance Studio, and when the subject of our annual community fundraiser was raised this year, the choice was unanimous… we would do something to support this service that is so vital to the children of Watauga County.  We wanted to do more than collect food, though… we wanted to raise awareness for the cause, as well.

When we were asked to host the Blowing Rock Winterfest Kids’ Games, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to make the Food Drive public and get lots of folks, locals and tourists alike, involved in helping the youth of the High Country.   So, we are inviting you – the local families of the area – to choose a way to help and come out and join us for some fun, too.

Here’s what you can do…

  • Post a comment here if your business, club, or organization would like to collect non-perishable goods for the Food Drive from now until January 29th.  We will send you a sign to hang on your collection box describing the drive in detail.
  • Collect the boxes and cans of food that you have in your pantry but likely will not use soon and bring them with you to the Winterfest Kids’ Games.

Businesses, clubs, and families – COME OUT AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!!!! (this is huge to generate awareness so that the community can band together to help this cause on a more regular basis)…. How do you do this?

Winterfest LogoJoin us on Saturday, January 29th at the Blowing Rock Winterfest Kids’ Games between 10am and 3:30 pm in the Parks and Recreation Room next to the tennis courts to play some games, or make some crafts. Bring your food or monetary donation for the Food Pantries, and prepare for our SNOWFLAKE MARCH for Awareness for the WCS Food Pantries.  Your kids will get to make their own snowflakes to carry in the march and learn some clogging steps from the High Country Cloggers.

They can also make a keepsake frame, play cornhole, play a bowling game, and play some fun dance games.  Local businesses will provide door prizes that we will give away throughout the day, and we will have a great spot for a winter family photo (photo sales will benefit the dancers at High Country Dance Studio).

To wrap up the day, have your kids meet us at 3:15 in the American Legion parking lot behind the park in downtown Blowing Rock to dance down the street with the High Country Cloggers, carrying their snowflakes! Businesses and organizations who have participated in the food drive can bring their collections to the Parks and Recreation Room and are also invited to carry a banner down the street.   Every participant should feel free to entertain in any way possible – dance, sing, or dress up in a costume to show your support!

If you have questions or would like to help, please contact me at amyforrester@bellsouth.net.

I know this is a cause that we, as a community of loving parents, can all get behind.  Please join us in taking care of our children.

Thanks!

Amy.