Playtime’s 3rd Annual Health Fair is Largest Yet
Playtime hosted its 3rd Annual Health Fair at D.C. General this past weekend, featuring about 30 vendors that provided a variety of valuable services and resources for families experiencing homelessness.
“I love that they have food for the kids and are giving out diapers,” said one of the moms from Turning Point, who rode the chartered bus to the event with her two-year-old and four-month-old daughters. “I really appreciate this,” she said.
Families from D.C. General and two other partner shelter sites received a “passport” they took to each vendor for a stamp, and once they visited at least 15 booths, the passport was entered into a raffle for a prize, which included double and single strollers, diaper bags, and gift cards. Everything was provided to families free of charge. Thanks to so many of you, we had 900 packs of wipes and more than 6,800 diapers/Pull-ups to distribute!
The event was sponsored in part by the Association of American Medical Colleges, and vendors included Whitman-Walker Health, which provided on-site HIV testing; the D.C. Fire Department, which brought its inflatable fire truck slide, “Big Red,” that the kids loved; and First Baptist Church of Glenarden National Missions Ministry, which provided a large selection of clothing.
As part of a community service project for Alice Deal Middle School, Aminah Martin organized a book drive, collecting hundreds of books from her friends and neighbors to give away at the fair. “I had this giant sack of books that I don’t read anymore,” said the 8th-grader, “and I figured others would have books to give away. And this Playtime event was a perfect opportunity.”
Huge thanks goes to the more than 40 volunteers who helped make sure the event was a success – especially Mallory Schwarz, Health Fair Director, who led the team. And to our Volunteer of the Year, Crystal Rucker, who organized Mother’s Day flowers for moms that were provided by Petals Ribbons & Beyond, Flowers by Von, Crystals Flower & Gift Shop, Minnesota Florist, and N Time Floral Design.
And thanks to all our participating vendors:
- Alice Deal Middle School
- An Open Book Children’s Literacy Foundation
- Bread for the City
- Bright Beginnings Inc.
- Carafem Clinic
- Collective Action for Safe Spaces
- D.C. Board of Elections
- D.C. Central Kitchen
- D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- D.C. Department of Human Services
- D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department
- D.C. Health Link
- D.C. Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education
- D.C. Public Library
- D.C. Rape Crisis Center
- D.C. SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment)
- Disability Rights D.C. at University Legal Services
- Early Stages (D.C.P.S.)
- First Baptist Church of Glenarden National Missions Ministry
- Girls Rock! D.C.
- House of Ruth’s Kidspace Child and Family Development Center
- HOYA Clinic
- Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
- Legal Aid Society of D.C.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- So Others Might Eat Center of Employment Training
- Thrive D.C.
- Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
- Whitman-Walker Health
We are also deeply grateful to the Kenneth J. Fawcett Fund, which helped support the event and was made possible due to the generous contributions of donors, including the family and friends of Kenneth J. Fawcett, whose daughter, longtime Playtime volunteer Kathleen Fawcett, led the volunteers throughout the day.