Last Saturday was so much fun! It was our 3rd annual Pancakes in the Park – a family friendly event at Lake Park in Huntington Beach. The purpose of the event is to raise money to help send teen moms and their babies to a life-changing summer camp. Hundreds of people came out to support YoungLives! From all you can eat pancakes and sausage to delicious, fresh-brewed coffee, it was a great way to start the day. The generosity of everyone who came was so encouraging! As with any large event, it took an army of volunteers to put on this event. Volunteers arrived at 6am to start prepping the area, setting up tables and chairs, making coffee and mixing up the pancake batter!
Another fun aspect of the Pancake Breakfast is the Craft Fair! This year we had nearly 20 different local vendors who were selling a variety of handmade items. Each of them donated a portion of their proceeds to help send girls to camp! In addition to all of the local vendors, two sisters, Tara and Hannah, contacted Myrna, our Area Director, a few days before the event. They heard about the craft fair and really wanted to help out any way they could. They asked if they could have a table even though they weren’t sure what they would sell. Within a few days, the gathered fruit from their neighbors’ trees, made several wooden vase and picture holders and some jewelry. Together they raised nearly $100 for camp! What a blessing to see their beautiful hearts of service!
We are so thankful for all of the volunteers and craft fair vendors who made this event possible! Because of your generosity, we will be sending 10 girls and 3 volunteers to camp later this month! During the week of July 13th, be sure to check our blog and Facebook page for updates from camp!