MONROE, NC - Heart for Monroe has grown steadily since it was created in October of 2014. Churches and organizations in the area bought into the idea of teaming up to help provide for the needs of the local community. The Family Fall Festival is the first full-scale event they've hosted together.
"It's pretty exciting because several churches gave up their 'Trunk or Treats' and their activities tonight so that we could come together and have just one big fun community event that's free and open to the public," said Ginger Walle, Heart For Monroe Director.
"That's what Heart For Monroe's all about," said Angela Morrow from Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church. "Reaching out to our community, providing for their needs. Their spiritual needs and physical needs."
The festival served as a safe, famkily-oriented alternative to traditional Halloween events. All sorts of games, music, food, and activites were available, and everything was free. Teamwork made this all a reality.
"We all live in the same community," said Laura Hamrick from Central United Methodist Church. "Somehow, someway, our eyes have been opened, that we all need to be in this together."
For the first year of the event, Heart For Monroe was able to get ten of its partner churches and another non-profit to help out. Organizers expect those numbers to grow next year.
"I don't think there's any stopping it at this point," Walle said. "We have a lot of great people with great hearts. Hearts For Monroe. So, that's what we need to make a difference in our community."
Heart For Monroe plans on making this an annual event, to be held on Halloween each year.