City Embrace 2016!
May 17, 2016
A seven day campaign to love our City through unconditional acts of service!
Saturday, May 14 started out cold and wet, but we still had fun showing love to our community! In the morning, about 10 BACers braved the weather and pulled weeds, cut back trees, shaped the gardens and planted new plants in the front gardens of Tecumseh Public School in South Burlington. At least the rain the night before and during our time there, made the weeds easier to pull :)
Following the garden clean up/planting, we moved over to Tecumseh Park behind the school. We had games, face painting, popcorn and a large inflatable obstacle course that ended up doubling as a huge slip 'n slide while it was raining. Those who braved the obstacle course first thing in the morning were soaked by the time they got to the end, but there was no shortage of smiles!
We had more and more neighbourhood families come out, especially when the sun finally peaked from behind the clouds and warmed us all up. It was great to have conversations with parents as they watched their kids get their faces painted or play tic-tac-toe in the grass. The popcorn machine was a huge hit and gave everyone something to munch on. Early in the afternoon, the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs on the BBQ brought more families to the park.
Was it perfect weather like we were all hoping and praying for? No, but those who joined us from the community got a warm welcome from all the BACers who were there and we got to know people in the community that we had never met before. A big THANK YOU to all who were involved in making this event a success.
On Wednesday, May 18, a group met up again to clean up the front gardens at Mohawk Gardens Public School in the Elizabeth Gardens neighbourhood. Pulling weeds and digging holes is great exercise!
Saturday May 21 the parking lot at the church was buzzing with activity as we kicked off the final event of City Embrace. Many were surprised that the car wash was free, and many tried to donate money but we let them know that we were just here to love our city! We had non-stop traffic come through and a few honks from a dump truck and motor coach.
A huge thank you to all who turned out to support the events of City Embrace 2016!