Children were bouncing and laughing on inflatables at JumpZone recently. Not an unusual sight at the indoor play area, but this fun had a purpose. While they were playing, money was being raised to help Blount County’s homeless population through a new program called Family Promise.
It was a day of fun on July 12 as on-air personalities Kris Love and Marisa Lykins from Love 89.1 radio helped keep the excitement alive. There were baked goods to munch on and T-shirts to help remember the day and the donations to the new charity.
Planners said the community response was outstanding for the first fundraising event for Family Promise of Blount County. The event was hosted by JumpZone, who donated the price of admission for the day to the organization, hoping to help them get started as theyminister to families of Blount County who are homesless.
Event organizers expressed gratitude to the many volunteers and donations that made this event a success. Spearheading the efforts were Marsha Sliker with Family Promise and Lyn Byrd and Candy Robinson with JumpZone.
It will take approximately $80,000 to set up the Family Promise program in Blount County. If 13 host churches participate, each church would host three to five families for a week each quarter. Budgets for each church would be about $200 each week.
For more information about the Family Promise program, visit www.blountfamilypromise.org or call Robert at 865-591-5870. For more information on JumpZone, visit www.jumpzoneparty.com or call 865-238-5566.