Family Resource Center holds special holiday event

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) held a special holiday event on December 10 for local children and their families who participate with the Family Resource Center of Central NH. A singing snowman welcomed families to a busy evening that included dinner, holiday craft making, caroling and coloring, story time and the very popular penny gift sale.

Children were escorted by elves to the penny gift room, where tables were loaded with a large and varied assortment of donated items. Once shopping was completed, the children met the elves for gift wrapping.

Adding to this special night, The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) provided free books for every child in attendance and sponsored a lively story time session presented by NH author Marty Kelley. CLiF also donated 100 new books to the FRC on-site library for children and families to enjoy year-round.

"What a wonderful evening. It is so meaningful for the kids and their parents to be out together, having fun and enjoying what the season is about. The kids just love all the activities of Family Fun Night," said Shannon Robinson Beland, Director of the Family Resource Center.

"We couldn't have done this without the hard work of so many - the Family Leadership Council parent group who helped to organize the event, our volunteer elves and the many hard working and dedicated staff from the agency. We so appreciate the generosity of all those who donated gifts to the penny sale, and are especially grateful to Fratello's in Laconia for providing a wonderful dinner for all to enjoy." added Beland.