Last Event

On Saturday, October 13th, 2018 over 350 volunteers from within and outside the church body turned out to care for and entertain over 200 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 pony rides, bounce house, obstacle course, laser tag, canvass painting, pumpkin painting, face painting, kids disco, punch-balls, fire truck, games, and more. Before and after dinner the kids were treated to snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn while they took in a double-feature: “Coco” and “The Greatest Showman”. Over 40 of the 200+ families were ‘first timers’ while the rest were returning guests from our events over the last nine years.

Local area restaurants including The Gladstone TavernRedwoodsThe Long Valley Pub & Brewery , The Black Horse Tavern & Pub , The Publick House , The Lamplighter Thai KitchenDomo7 , Giuseppe’s Trattoria Piattino, and Cafe AzzurroDante’s Ristorante, La Rienda Latin Café and Delicious Heights all pitched in toward treating the parents to a complementary lunch at the restaurant of their choice. Other area establishments including 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 PairSt. Matthews ParishDance 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 Investor’s Bank, their employees, and members from within and outside the church body helped cover all of 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 2018 Special Parent’s Afternoon Out

Fall 2017 Special Parent’s Afternoon Out

Winter 2018 Central NJ Special Parent’s Night 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