Johns Creek United Methodist Church opens Kids Helping Kids Carnival April 20

Fundraiser helps children’s causes

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek United Methodist Church Preschool will host its eighth annual Kids Helping Kids Carnival April 20 to raise money for children-centered organizations that make their lives better.

Jeanine Centers, a preschool parent and carnival co-chair, said the fundraiser helps pediatric care at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Camp Sparrowwood for special needs children and the JC-UMC Preschool itself.

“The carnival has a little bit of everything,” she said.

Attractions will include full-sized carnival rides, bounce-houses, a petting zoo, a puppet show, a bubble man and pony rides.

Home Depot at Brookwood Marketplace will bring out a kids’ workshop for the children where youngsters can bang nails and make interesting things.

Kingdom Kuts will do “crazy hair” and “princess hair.” There will also be 15 different carnival games like the ring toss, the bowl-o-rama, mini-golf and a few from favorite Dr. Seuss stories.

Admission is free, but some of the attractions require tickets.

“The more you buy, the cheaper it gets,” she said. “You can buy an all-access wristband for $25. Over 200 guests have already bought pre-sold tickets.”

Concessions and pony rides are cash only.

The carnival will also feature a silent auction with over 100 items. Ever dream of taking a trip to Tuscany or going on an African Safari? Want your very own golf cart? These are just some of the unique items up for bid.

Then there is a night out with 10 friends at the Bonefish Grill, or a relaxing spa get-away for Mother’s Day.

These are only some of the fantastic items available for bidding. In all, the silent auction items are valued at more than $30,000. All the proceeds raised will go to the children’s organizations.

The hospital has used its portion raised to paint a mural for the children’s waiting room in the emergency department, provide a DVD player and DVDs and provide toys and activities for children in the birth center waiting area.

“We’ve been able to do so many things for the hospital with that money,” said Emory Johns Creek Director of Community Relations Bev Miller. “It’s been a great partnership.”

Camp Sparrowwood is a branch of Camp Glisson that hosts special needs children and features a high counselor-to-participant ratio.

Donations have also been used to purchase defibrillators for the church’s preschool and provide scholarships for children whose parents have lost their jobs.

This article was published in the Johns Creek Herald April 11, 2013 edition