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Last Event

On Saturday, October 14th, 2017 over 350 volunteers from within and outside the church body turned out to care for and entertain over 170 special needs children and their 150+ siblings while their parents were blessed with an afternoon out on the town including a complimentary lunch for two.

Activities for the children included a hay ride, pony rides, hot air balloon rides, bounce house & slide, obstacle course, giant blow-up dartboard, laser tag, climbing wall, canvass painting, pumpkin painting, face painting, kids disco, punch-balls, fire truck, games, and more. Before and after lunch the kids were treated to snow cones, cotton candy, cupcakes and popcorn while they took in a double-feature: “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Finding Dory”. Over 30 of the 165+ families were ‘first timers’ while the rest were returning guests from our Spring 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and/or 2010 events.

Local area restaurants including The Gladstone Tavern, Redwoods, The Long Valley Pub & Brewery, The Black Horse Tavern & Pub, The Publick House , The Lamplighter, Thai Kitchen, Domo7 , Giuseppe's Trattoria, Piattino, and Cafe Azzurro, Dante's Ristorante and Delicious Heights all pitched in toward treating the parents to a complementary lunch at the restaurant of their choice. Other area establishments including Uncle Gussy's, Pizza Brothers, Chester Diner, Panera Bread and Dunkin Donuts all contributed toward helping feed the kids and volunteers. Representatives from Morristown Medical Center, Cultural Care Au Pair, St. Matthews Parish, Dance Innovations , Northern Hills Academy, and area high schools were among the many volunteers who teamed up with members of the Church of the Hills to spend quality one-on-one time with the kids. Generous donations from Reis, Inc. and their employees, and members from within and outside the church body helped to cover the afternoon's expenses.

The parents were all smiles as they returned from their ‘date afternoon’ to find their children having a great time – some just didn’t want to leave! Volunteers marveled at what an incredible blessing it was to spend quality time with these wonderful children. Thank you notes abounded after the latest events (see testimonials).

Check out the below 5-minute video slide shows from our last event and prior Fall events:

Fall 2017 Special Parent’s Afternoon Out

Fall 2016 Special Parent’s Afternoon Out

Fall 2015 Special Parent’s Afternoon Out

Fall 2014 Special Parent’s Afternoon Out

Fall 2013 Special Parent’s Afternoon Out

Fall 2011 Special Parent’s Afternoon Out