Fellowship Health Resources and Tigger’s Toyland Childcare in Dagsboro have partnered to offer a Child Resource Expo on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company in Frankford.
The expo will offer a “one-stop-shop” resource for parents, said organizer Laura Marvel.
“We have partnered with a local daycare to provide the community with resources that parents can use,” she explained. “I know I spend a lot of time looking on the computer for things, and this is a way to get everything in one area.”
Vendors will be on hand to give out valuable information, and there will also be fire-engine rides and face-painting for kids.
Area vendors include Parents as Teachers, Frankford Library, Freeman Foundation, DelTech (with information from their resource center and their community programs), Imagination Library, Kao Pong Martial Arts, Holly Ridge Equestrian, the Salisbury Zoo, Delaware SPCA, the Shorebirds, Ocean City Rec and Parks, representatives from Tumble Bus, Discovery Toys, Nemours 5-2-1 program, Joyful Music and Holloway Transportation.
Fingerprinting for child identification kits will be done by the Ronnie Williams Foundation, along with the Delaware State Police. There will also be child-safety-seat information, and representatives from Halpern’s Eye Associates to talk about the Infant Eye See program, in which babies younger than 12 months can get free eye exams.
Also, because April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, “pinwheels for prevention” will be given out.
Special guests include McGruff the Crime Dog and Spot the Firehouse Dog.
“The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company has given us awesome support,” said Marvel. “The Ladies Auxiliary will have food for sale and will be doing the face-painting.”
Fellowship Health Resources is a non-profit that provides clinical and support services to people with mental illness and other life challenges. Marvel said that, although they are not a child-services based organization, some of the people they serve do have children and, as a mother herself, she can appreciate finding child-based resources all in one spot.
“We just wanted to provide parents with any information that can get,” added Marvel, of their first-time event. She also mentioned that there will be door prizes available and everyone is welcome.
Admission is free. The event will be held inside the fire hall, so it will happen regardless of the weather.