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Thousands of backpacks were handed out at last year’s One Day of Community. Courtesy photo.




One Day of Community 

Where: Sheridan-Emmett Park, 324 Beech St., Manchester
When: Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Visit: outreachatmcc.com




Coming together
One Day of Community supports Manchester families

08/06/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies and personal care items will be provided to underprivileged families at One Day of Community on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Sheridan-Emmett Park in Manchester. 

Hosted by Manchester Christian Church and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the free event will feature food, live music, games and at least 20 community organizations offering information for families and doing giveaways and activities with the kids.
“We call it One Day of Community because it really is a community-wide event,” Lisa Mazur, outreach director at Manchester Christian Church, said. “It’s not like it’s just something with our church. It’s the church, the sports teams and the local organizations, and we all partner together to provide under-resourced students and families with what they need for the school year and a free day of fun.”
The empty backpacks were donated by the Fisher Cats and other local organizations, then filled with supplies by the church members. Items in the backpacks include a ruler, pencils and pens, a pencil sharpener, glue sticks, scissors, folders, notebooks and a toothbrush and toothpaste. The church does a needs analysis each year before the event and asks families what supplies would aid them the most.
The backpacks are handed out to anyone who needs one, no questions asked.
“Even after the first year that we [had the event,] it was obvious that the demographic who attended really needed them, so we decided not to require any information,” Mazur said. “We know they were in need because in the months following the event, we would drive around and see all the kids using those backpacks.”
One Day of Community is not only about providing the backpacks; it’s also about providing a free, fun day for families who may not be able to afford an expensive family outing or to send their kids to camp. Not only is admission free, but all of the food, games and activities are free as well.
The event will feature a kid-zone speed pitch, putting and tee-ball area with the Fisher Cats, games with the Manchester Monarchs, a bungee trampoline, a rock wall for climbing, 10 carnival game booths with prizes, kids crafts, face painting, balloon animals and a touch-a-truck area. Local musicians will play live music throughout the day. For food, there will be a lunch with hot dogs and chips and such, as well as carnival snacks like popcorn and cotton candy.  
To help families for whom transportation is an issue, there will be shuttles from Gossler Park Elementary School and Bishop O’Neil Community Center to the event at Sheridan-Emmett Park. Mazur said the park is an ideal location because it’s in downtown and feasible for a lot of people to walk to.
“We want to make it accessible for as many families as possible,” she said. “Kids leave feeling like they’ve been at an expensive event and [families] didn’t have to worry about transportation or paying for anything. We want there to be no pressure — just a free day of pure fun.” 
 
As seen in the August 6, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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