FRN to host Mason Family Christmas again

Agnes Hapka

November 29, 2013

POINT PLEASANT —Young Mason County residents and their families are again invited to come and join the festivities at this year’s Mason County Family Christmas.

The event, set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, December 7, at the old Central Elementary School gym, is put together every year by the Family Resource Network (FRN). It is free to all who attend.

“The Mason County Family Christmas is about the community pulling together to provide a good holiday experience for local children and their families,” said Greg Fowler, executive director of the FRN. “Over the past few years, we have created an atmosphere where parents can bring their children and enjoy the event. It’s grown each year and we expect that to be the case again .”

The idea was first conceived about 20 years ago, Fowler said, on the basis that many county youth don’t have a lot of opportunities to give or receive gifts.

“We wanted the youth to come in and make crafts that they can take them home give to someone,” said Fowler.

The event is also a chance for organizations and businesses of the county to come together and help the county’s youth to enhance their holiday season, added Fowler.

“All the FRN people will be there, as well as 4H clubs and others,” said Fowler. “There’ll be about 25 tables with different activities, snacks and drinks. Some of the treats will be provided by the people at Bob’s Market.”

Fowler said that a variety of Christmas crafts will be available.

“We’re not just giving things away,” he said. “The kids are coming in and working to make their own Christmases better. They’ll make necklaces, ornaments, cards; they can all get their faces painted, too. And some kids who need community service hours will be helping out.”

As in previous years, Santa will be in attendance for pictures, Fowler said.

Fowler said that from his point of view Mason County businesses and organizations are “out of sight” when it comes to providing opportunities for children.

“Other counties I’ve seen just don’t have this kind of support,” he said. For instance, I’ve never had Bob’s Market tell me ‘no.’”

“The people here are outstanding when it comes to supporting their youth,” Fowler concluded.