By MERI R.KENNEDY
On Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Alex and Ani City Center located at 2 Kennedy Plaza in Providence, the organization Peace and Providence will hold its fall festival.
The family festival starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m., and there will be fun for the whole family, from children’s games and activities to vendors and valuable resources for adults and families.
There are 12 bands that will be playing throughout the day, and this year there will be over 100 arts and crafts vendors. There will be kids’ activities including a pie-eating contest and a hula-hoop contest. Providence’s own Tony the Dancing Cop will be putting on his show live at 2 p.m.
All proceeds raised through raffles, food sales and donations will be used to provide Thanksgiving baskets for the needy.
“Peace and Providence is a faith-based non-profit that works to help the under-resourced people of Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts,” said Justin Perreault, president of Peace and Providence.
Some of the achievements of Peace and Providence over that past years have included giving away more than 2,000 Thanksgiving baskets with complete meals to families in need throughout the annual Thanksgiving basket donation drive.
“We have been able to give away over 2,500 toys to children and families at Christmas time,” Perreault said. “We’ve been able to give away over 1,800 blankets and hygiene care packages to people living on the streets.”
Most recently, Peace and Providence has opened up its very first food pantry, which will help the elderly and disabled.
“Looking ahead to 2016, it is our hope and goal to open up another 10 to 15 food pantries in different community high rises throughout Rhode Island,” Perreault said. “In 2016, we hope to officially offer mentoring programs, an addiction recovery program called Overcomers, and we also look at different ways to do volunteer community days.”
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