Serve-a-Thon kickoff and CANstruction

This year Pass It Along held yet another great Serve-A-Thon Kickoff celebration.  The event was held on May 10 at the Sussex County Community College Pavilion where volunteers, families, Pass It Along recipients and board members alike enjoyed music, food and the infamous CANstruction competition.  The afternoon started off with CANstruction.  The United Way, Girls on the Run and Pass It Along competed for most original, most creative and crowd favorite. Each group came into the competition with a healthy amount of competitiveness although it was all in good fun.  Girls on the Run won crowd favorite after creating a sneaker with pink laces out of the cans they had collected.  The United Way received most creative with their perfectly built American flag made entirely out of Campbell’s soup and tuna fish cans while Pass It Along took home most original with an Egyptian pyramid and palm trees.  Certificates were given and the evening continued.

girls on the run

It never fails that once the hula hoops are broken out you can expect Diane Taylor, founder and CEO of Pass It Along, to be starting the party.  The Girls on the Run team as well as many of our other younger attendees were spinning and twirling all night to the music provided by BaseLine entertainment.  We had frisbee in the field, dancing under the pavilion and food from Applebees, Quikcheck, Newton Pizza and FU’s Chinese restaurant.  Volunteers and volunteer leaders arrived to celebrate, receive their t-shirts and prepare for the following day of service.  We had service projects all over the county including Knoll View, Knoll Heights, Birth Haven, The Homestead, SCARC residential facilities, Family Promise, Ginnie’s House, DASI and Habitat for Humanity projects, just to name a few. Volunteers were prepared to paint, clean, plant, host tea parties and serve wherever they were needed. What blows me away the most is the enthusiasm of not only the young people, but the adults as well.  I thought I was one of the only crazy ones excited to serve on Serve-A-Thon, turns out I wasn’t alone.

tim n grace

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