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Local children in the Boys & Girls Club of Council Bluffs had some festive fun meeting with Santa and doing arts and crafts during the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus holiday party Monday afternoon.
The holiday party included gifts for the children as well as candy cane fishing, snowball toss, Santa and elf hat ring toss, marshmallow shooter crafts, ornament decorating, letters to Santa, reindeer food, milk and cookie decorating.
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About 200 children and volunteers donned costumes at the annual Trunk or Treat event on Monday at the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus in Council Bluffs.
Volunteers of all ages from Omaha, Council Bluffs and the surrounding around helped deck out the trunks of a handful of vehicles with candy, coloring books, toys and festive decorations. Volunteers also helped set up a slime-making table, a feel-and-guess table where kids could touch concealed foods labeled as human body parts, a table with jars full of candy and toys won by whoever guessed the right amount contained, and more.
The event was free to the public, with volunteers from the MICAH House, the American Red Cross, Trailblazers of the Heartland Ministry, the Silverstone Group and other organizations.
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Christine Rouse held up a backpack with a dangling stuffed monster hanging from the zipper.
“Are you sure you don’t want this?” she asked. “It comes with a stuffed animal.”
Mom had recaptured the attention of 5-year-old Conzata, who was about to move on to ask for crayons to bring to kindergarten when she shows up at Kreft Primary School in a few days.
“Ooo, yeah,” Conzata said, returning a backpack with a giraffe for a blue bag with green accents. (Blue’s her favorite color, she said a moment later collecting notebooks for school.)
The Rouses were one of hundreds of families benefitting from a backpack and school supply giveaway organized by the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus. The eighth annual Back to School Extravaganza was fueled by volunteers and donations, as well as several nonprofit and community groups that staffed an informational fair as part of the event.