Families delve into doing good deeds, helping those in need

Dozens of families put their hearts together, pooled their energies and helped make season bright for others this holiday season at the Anoka County Head Start Family Development Center in Coon Rapids.

Brooklyn Richardson hugs a sock monkey and a Clifford the Big Red Dog book – thank you gifts given to each child who participated in the Dec. 6 Families Doing Good Together event at the Anoka County Head Start Center. Photo by Sue Austreng

Brooklyn Richardson hugs a sock monkey and a Clifford the Big Red Dog book – thank you gifts given to each child who participated in the Dec. 6 Families Doing Good Together event at the Anoka County Head Start Center. Photo by Sue Austreng

Those good deeds took place Dec. 6 during the fifth annual Families Doing Good Together event.

As it has in years past, the Anoka Kiwanis Club partnered with Anoka/Washington County Head Start to provide Head Start families in Anoka County an evening working together on hands-on service projects.

Some five dozen families decorated cards for sick and ailing children, made sandwiches to donate to people living at Bridge Square senior apartment in Anoka, created blankets that will be given to the Christmas Project at the Anoka Armory and decorated placemats to be used with local Meals on Wheels delivery.

“It’s a family activity, a real concerted effort with Head Start, the community and parents and children,” said Leah Cason, family and community partnerships coordinator for Anoka/Washington County Head Start.

Cason and Anoka Kiwanis member Diane Henning said that items were donated for the event by Cub Foods in Riverdale, Costco and Kohl’s.

“This event is a great opportunity to help children learn the value of integrating service into daily life at an early age,” said Marlene Colvin, chairperson of the Anoka Kiwanis committee, Priority One, which supports the Families Doing Good Together project.

To learn more about Anoka/Washington County Head Start, visit www.accap.org/head_start.asp.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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