It was a night to remember for local families around the Lakes Region. Children lined up with their lists and waited in anticipation for their shopping elf to take them to the gift selection room. The annual Family Fun Night held on Monday, December 9th provides children the opportunity to select gifts for their family members at a penny sale held at Lakes Region Community Services in downtown Laconia.
The event, which takes weeks to organize, is not just for the kids. Entire families enjoyed getting their pictures taken with Santa, creating holiday crafts, dancing to live music by Don Bergeron, and eating a wonderful catered dinner, courtesy of Fratello’s in Laconia. Family Fun Night grows year after year, this time setting a record at 197 children and 140 adults in attendance.
“The local community comes together in such a fantastic way to support this event,” said Erin Pettengill, Vice President of the Family Resource Center. “Staff, volunteers, local businesses, and community partners provide these children with a holiday full of joy and support. From the gifts that were donated to the volunteers who gave their time to make this night so special, we would not be able to do this without them.”
LRCS is known as a family-centered agency dedicated to providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders and their families. For hundreds of families living in the Lakes Region, the Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, a program of LRCS, offers respectful, non-judgmental education, early intervention, and support to assist families in their efforts to meet needs, make positive connections, and prepare children for success today and tomorrow. The Family Resource Center believes strong families lead to strong communities.