After a successful painting party April, the Oblong Children's Christian Home is planning for two more painting fundraisers May 4 and July 2. The public may register and participate in either or both of these events.
Local artist Karla Ries conducts the painting fundraisers at New Life Academy on the campus of the children's home to assist the home in raising money for its interest group programs. Interest-group programs offer opportunities for the children at the
home to experience educationally or spiritually significant trips while simultaneously spending concentrated time with houseparents. In the past, interest group funding has been used for survival trips to the Current River in Missouri or for travel to the Creation Museum in Covington, Ky. Money used for interest-group programming is kept separate from operational funds.
"I think it more than coincidental that we have chosen painting parties to support interest groups," said Amy Kemp, executive director for operations at the home. "Moms and daughters, husbands and wives, and best friends have participated in these events over the years. They are there together building relationships; simultaneously their participation fees then help us to build relationships with the children we serve,"
Following on the heels of the successful party April 10, additional fundraising events are planned for May 4 (a Saturday morning) at 9 a.m. and for Tuesday evening, July 2, beginning at 6 p.m. Registration is now open for both events. Online, you will find the parties at www.oblongchristianhome.org; click on Events. Or you may call the Home at 618-592-3633. The cost is $30 per person.
"Karla makes these events so enjoyable, and our housemoms do a great job at hosting these parties by providing food and beverage," Kemp said. "And it is our pleasure to have the public be in our school building as well. Everything we have we have as a result of generous individuals, many of whom live right here in Crawford County. It is a blessing, then, to share the space with them and observe them enjoying their time with us."
The Oblong Children's Christian Home, with facilities in Oblong and Fairfield, is a non-profit home that houses at-risk, troubled, and neglected children.