First Citywide Family Day well received by community

Published 9:30 am Wednesday, July 25, 2018

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


An event to help those recovering from Harvey and a chance for the city to join together in fun filled activities was a huge success on Saturday as the first Citywide Family Day took place at Navy Park.

The Pastoral Advisory Committee organized the event as a way to unite the city of Orange and to raise awareness for those still recovering from the devastation left from Harvey almost 11 months ago.

Krewe De Onyx handed out backpacks and school supplies to help ensure every child will have the supplies needed for the new school year.

MakeItHappen set up a volleyball net for added activities.

“We are always moving,” Jason Platt said. “It is good to see everyone coming together to do things for the community.”

MakeItHappen started with 10 members and has grown to 30 since its inception. The non-profit organization hosts softball tournaments and other activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The group is planning a back to School Fundraiser and drive in the near future.

Teens Making a Difference and the A-Team also provided activities and prizes as they encouraged all ages to participate in a version of musical chairs but with everyone standing in a circle and using a hula-hoop. Laughter filled the air as participants attempted to move the hula-hoops around their bodies without using their hands.

A new organization, Sister Circle, was on hand helping with the event.

“We are an extension of Women Unselfishly United,” Tramena Horn said. “It is about bringing women together to empower, support and build bonds.”

Horn said the group was there to help where needed to make it a success.

“We are excited to be here and see Orange come together,” Horn said.

A number of West Orange Stark organizations were also on hand during the four hour event.

Despite the heat, the crowds enjoyed the day with several commenting on how great it was to see an old friend they had lost contact with over the years.