With a head full of green hair and a mask painted around his eyes, Eric McElyea was excited about achieving the look of a Ninja Turtle.

He liked the face painting and crazy hair booths at the annual Caring for Kids Benefit Festival, which took place at First Christian Church on Saturday, but he most enjoyed the bounce house.

“I was jumping really high and doing flips,” he said.

Activities filled the parking lot and several parts of the church Saturday, as the annual event that helps support The Magdalene Home brought together children and families.

President of the board of The Magdalene Home Wendi Rees organized the event and said it was a wholesome way for families to spend time together while supporting a good cause.

“We definitely want to raise awareness for our ministry, but this is also the big fundraiser that we do every year that will sustain our ministry as we go,” Rees said. “Last year we raised over $100,000 at our event ...”

The Magdalene Home is a local crisis and unplanned pregnancy center for young women that provides them with multiple options to prepare for taking care of themselves and their babies.

Although Rees said she hoped the event was successful in raising funds to support The Magdalene Home, she said she wanted attendees left feeling encouraged.

“Our goal for the day is for people who would maybe never encountered Jesus in any certain way to encounter him someway today by a kind gesture or an encouraging word,” she said. “There are so many people that are broken, and we are no different than those people other than our hope is in Christ.”


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