East Texans came out to enjoy the third annual Caring for Kids Festival at Bergfeld Park in Tyler on Saturday.
The communitywide festival featured bounce houses, laser tag, a bean bag toss, face painting, crazy-hair spray painting, a dunking booth and many other family-friendly activities.
Several local businesses provided food and volunteers for the event, which benefited the local nonprofit Magdalene Home and Chosen One Adoption.
The Magdalene Home provides help to teenage girls who are in crisis because of various life situations. Its services include counseling, life skills and job training, and housing for girls as they go through pregnancy and after delivery to support and acclimate them into a more stable situation in life. Chosen One Adoption provides low-cost adoption placement services.
The Magdalene Home’s director, Darlene Rawlinson, shed tears as she talked about the services the home offers and a cause that is very close to her heart.
“We truly believe the Lord will bring it all together,” Rawlinson said. “To be able to touch their lives like that and know you are making a difference, it says it all. Some of these little girls are so broken. They come in and they don’t have anyone to love them. Usually I give them a big hug and tell them that hug is from Jesus. I want them to learn that no matter what their family did or whatever, he is going to take care of everything and that there (are) people everywhere that care about them and what is going on in their life.”
For more information about the Magdalene Home visit http://www.themagdalenehome.com.