Several businesses and organizations around Lake City gathered at the school on Sunday to support the Oasis Family Resource Center in Cadillac with a fundraiser and donation drive.
In exchange for their support, members of the public were able to get a free car wash through competing retail companies.
One of the hosts, Tim Gunter, said the donations of diapers, formula and wipes are for families in need as people continue to feel the sting of inflation. But monetary donations have also been helpful.
“It will be very important for us to be able to help families in need with housing, hotels and things like that,” says Gunter. “It has been difficult for many families there. It doesn’t matter where you are, not just in our community, but truly around the world. »
Gunter says they all wanted to take the pressure off families who were looking for baby items or other household necessities.
It’s also an opportunity for families to have fun while supporting a good cause. Not only was there a car wash, but also bouncy houses, a dunk tank, and a food truck.
Gunter, who has five children, says the event sets a great example for the kids as well as providing family fun on Father’s Day.
“I hope that continues when they grow up and say, hey, we remember when our parents and our community came together and really helped for a common cause,” he says. “Maybe it will set a trend in the future. And that would be a good thing.
“It’s a real blessing to be a father of even one child, but five children, to be able to be there as part of that and see what the product of the work that we’ve all put together over the years to raise the children. I enjoy being able to be their father,” says Gunter.
Gunter says it’s the first annual event and hopes to make it a tradition in the future.
Other partners in the organization of the event include:
Lake City Area Schools
Lake City McDonald’s
Lake City Fire Department
Time 2 Shine Power Wash
Lake City Wesco
Lake City Chamber of Commerce