Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Hosts Day For Kids

Carl | October 2, 2012 

WAKUNI, Japan – Marine, sailor and civilian volunteers held the Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids festival near the Crossroads Mall here Sept. 15, 2012.

The festival featured several stations and game tents where children could win prizes, learn about dental hygiene and other topics, as well as take part in arts and crafts activities such as face painting. In addition, in the Marine and Family Programs parking lot, inflatable attractions like a giant slide and basketball hoop kept energetic children happy.

“I am making hot dogs for little kids,” said Daisy Zamora, Day for Kids volunteer. “I wanted to do this, I like being around little kids and hanging out with them and I like giving out food to make people smile.”

Servicemembers volunteered their time alongside civilian station residents to help make the Day for Kids festival take place and run smoothly.

“This is on a volunteer basis,” said Toni Pollard, Boys and Girls Club program assistant. “Everyone here is on their own time, it’s a free event. No one is charging for the tables, no one pays to get in, the hotdogs drinks and cotton candy are free, all from the Boys and Girls Club donations and grants.”

Day for kids held true to its name as the day went by with smiling faces and joyous laughs from kids and parents alike.
“Day for Kids is important for children so they can just be themselves, meet new people and make new friends.”

Later in the evening, the tents were down and the inflatables put away as the volunteers packed everything away until the next community event.

“It took a team to put this event on,” said Pollard. “This goes on annually at bases around the world. We do this for the kids. My favorite part is the faces of the kids here. They are smiling and it took no effort, these kids love to play.”

Lance Cpl. Joseph Karwick

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