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Families picnic with purpose

HANDS families – 31 of them, comprising 107 people – gathered on a recent Friday to picnic with a purpose: to celebrate the awesome achievements the families and babies that participate in the voluntary in-home visitation program are making.

This year’s summer picnic, sponsored by Epic Insurance, which also sent several volunteers to help staff, including Elizabeth Pulliam, Nicholle Lally, Wanda Burba, and Rhonda Sherman, was held at George Rogers Clark Park, and though it rained through much of the event, the kids and families still appeared to have a wonderful time.

Kids were treated to carnival games such as duck pond, Plinko, can toss, cake wheel and they had the chance to get their faces painted. The Bubble Man was there with his bubble-making car, and the children – and staff – had a great time playing with the bubbles in the rain!

Some people from the Louisville Free Public Library attended to sign families up to take part in the summer reading program and to distribute summer cultural passes, and the Center for Women and Families participated as well, distributing information about the center and its services.

A donation table “runneth over,” said Judi Steilberg, director of HANDS, with many infant and toddler clothes, toys and supplies, and even household items for families to take home with them if they needed them.

“The HANDS staff, again, was so engaging and welcoming of the clients.” Steilberg said. “They did a great job of ensuring the families had fun.”

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