The Heroes Day event was a blast! Performances, free giveaways, and superhero masks for the kids brought joy to all in attendance. Kids came to the Douglas C.A.R.E.S. booth and picked up a mask and cape to be the hero of their own story and heroes were represented in all capacities at the event.
Our little superheroes got to explore over 20 vendors who joined us including four law enforcement vehicles from Sutherlin, Winston, and Roseburg PD. Roseburg Fire Department rolled in one of their fire trucks and the kids had a blast checking it out.
Several resources from the community such as Thrive Umpqua, UC VEG, Miss Douglas County high school, Juniper Tree, Winston Martial Arts participated. Also joining us was Brand Yourself (a Non-profit to help families feel less burdened by providing for the needs of families in Douglas County), Peace at Home, Creating Community Resilience, Oregon Family Support Network, UCAN, Adapt (sexual violence prevention cohort lead), FAIR, BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), FARA, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Best Lemonade in Town (stand run by a young boy who owns his own business), Bushnell University promoting the new hybrid Masters/ Bachelors Program at UCC), Every Child Douglas, and ODHS. Advantage Dental gave out dental items. Wildlife Safari brought hands-on activities as well as a prairie dog, skink, and centipede for all to explore. Thundering Waters brought concrete ping pong and foosball for all to play. A huge crowd pleaser was the live dance performances with kids and adults from ages 3-18.
We are so thankful for the community involvement and the care for kids that took place. We count this as a very successful day for Douglas C.A.R.E.S.