Eastside Christian Church Is Giving Children Hope

Eastside Christian Church Is Giving Children Hope

It’s 8am on a beautiful Saturday morning, and the day has finally come. For two months, Eastside Christian Church staff and volunteers met with Giving Children Hope to plan for Eastside’s Serve Day – a day reserved for all of Eastside’s church members to go out and serve the community. This year, Eastside chose to host a carnival for our We’ve Got Your Back families.
At 9 am, the carnival rentals arrive at GCHope’s warehouse, and all 110 Eastside volunteers come together to pray for the event and prepare for the families’ arrival. Within an hour, our parking lot is full of WGYB children eager to play and parents eager to watch their children play. There are 10 carnival games, a bounce house, a face-painting station, a photobooth & frame-making station, and food booths scattered across our lot. At around 11 am, we raffle off prizes, including Knott’s Berry Farm tickets donated to us by The City of Buena Park and Dooney & Bourke purses donated to us by Disney. During the last hour, our families line up for Client Choice Distribution, where they pick up food to take to their families for the weekend. With the help of Eastside volunteers, we’re able to help feed 60 families this week.
At 1pm, the crowd dwindles as the families leave the lot, exhausted but fulfilled. One family expresses to an Eastside volunteer, “Thank you. Thank you for everything.” As the Eastside volunteers clean up the GCHope lot, they realize that by giving 5 hours of their time on a Saturday, 155 WGYB students & parents will be reminiscing about this carnival for days to come.
Thank you, Eastside, for being a friend to us and our families. We are honored to partner with a church that puts compassion into action!