More than 3,000 school backpacks distributed during the One Day of Community in Manchester
By DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader | July 26. 2014 8:42PM
The One Day of Community Celebration sponsored by the Manchester Christian Church and the NH Fisher Cats drew hundreds of Manchester city students and their families to Sheridan-Emmett Park on Beech Street in Manchester Saturday morning to receive backpacks loaded with school supplies and enjoy a festival celebration with music, food and games. Over 3300 backpacks were prepared to be distributed and 450 volunteers were on hand to help run the event. Twenty area vendors contributed with booths for free food and services as well as entertainment. Manchester Christian Church volunteer Jessica Beaudet organizes some of the thousands of backpacks to be donated to Manchester school children at the event. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
The kids were able to quickly turn over to their parents the blue bag full of pens, pencils, notebooks and other items, then dash off to bouncy houses, carnival games, face painting and hotdogs during the One Day of Community sponsored by Manchester Christian Church and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
"I've played games over there, and I won a bunch of prizes," he said.
Meanwhile, his 3-year-old sister, Allison, popped out of her stroller to show off her kitty cat face paint.
"We wanted to make things fun for the kids when they came," said Buddy Bajerski, community relations manager for the Fisher Cats. "Fungo came down just to go around and talk to the kids. People could not be happier that he was here."
Well Sense Health Plan provided the blue bags for the school supplies, which were donated by MCC parishioners. There were also more than 500 volunteers helping in various capacities at the park across the street from Beech Street Elementary School.
She said those plans would be finalized after everybody involved in Saturday's festival had some time to rest and recover.