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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • HOPEFest 2012 set for July 28

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  • HOPEFest 2012 will be held from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. July 28, indoors at the Newton Recreation Commission with child and youth activities outdoors. No charge to participate.
    Free haircuts, health, dental and vision screenings, for all ages, even a visit to the eye doctor and a pair of glasses for $30, oil changes for single moms and widows, bags of groceries, gently used clothing, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and more - free for participants.
    Learn how to get more from the money you already have, explore job & skill matching in Harvey County, discover about affordable health care for all ages, insurance for kids, mentors for kids through Big Brothers & Big Sisters, learn about local addiction recovery programs, discounted groceries, food, rent and utility assistance, care during pregnancy, chronic pain support, fun and affordable family recreation year round, and more…
    A news release states that the goal of all the fun is “to help people connect to free or affordable options that can really improve life - in a fun, friendly way for all ages.”
    Participants can enjoy the KidZone with free inflatable games, sno cones, hand painting and pirates to duel and a BIGZone for bigger kids with larger games and activites!
    “These are tough times for a lot of folks. HOPEFest is especially for people looking for a little help to get a leg up for themselves and their kids,” said event coordinator Timothy Conner “Many local agencies and organizations are ready, willing and able to help folks find the support they need to take steps toward a better life. HOPEFest is ‘one stop shopping’ to explore the options and connect with these services – but, it’s also a fun festival great for all ages. It will be well worth a visit,” he added.
    The Missional Church Network, coordinating a coalition of area community groups, churches and local organizations is the coordinator of the event with major sponsorship from Newton Medical Center, Newton Recreation Commission, Hutton Construction, Health Ministries and the Newton Lions Club.
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