SAFFE Day's ready to help its Everyday Heroes with special needs 'Shoot for the Moon' Sept. 21.
The last few preparations for the 2019 Special Abilities Family Fun Event Day 2019 have been proceeding at a “fast and furious” rate, according to co-organizer Josie Atchley, administrative assistant in the City of Kilgore's Department of Special Services,
A lot of work and time has gone into this year’s event, the eighth annual celebration custom-fit for children and adults with special needs as well as their families and caregivers, but organizers aren’t sweating the deadline of next Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We are ready for this," Atchley said. "We’ve got a wonderful group of volunteers with everybody doing their part.”
However, they could always use extra help at SAFFE Day. The event will be recruiting adult volunteers through Friday, Sept. 20.
All the hard work will soon pay off, Atchley said.
“It’s going to be even larger and better. There’s several new surprises that they won’t want to miss.”
The event technically kicks-off Thursday with a movie screening of “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” at 4 Star Cinema on Hwy. 259 at 6 p.m., with free popcorn and drinks provided.
As always, everything as SAFFE Day is free of charge for attendees, their families and caretakers.
But pre-registering to attend can get you even more free items.
“We’ve got a lot already pre-registered," Atchley noted." If they pre-register, they’ll get a free t-shirt and other free goodies.”
“The guests can register up until Wednesday of next week,” she added. However, guests are allowed to attend whether they register or not.
There will be a special opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m., music and plenty of vendors and games.
Kilgore Fire Chief Johnny Bellows said plenty of folks are excited for SAFFE Day
"Registrations are up this year. I’m going out and meeting people on the streets and they’re telling me they’re excited. They’re ready to go.”
Bellows said there will be a new event this year: a fishing tank provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
“We’re moving forward and it’s getting bigger and better,” Bellows said, adding he’d just recently heard a story about a young lady who wakes up every weekend asking if it’s time for SAFFE Day yet.
People who must travel a long distance can register for SAFFE Day and be provided with a free hotel stay the night before the event.
Also, traffic will be blocked off on Commerce Street on Friday so vendors can move in and get into position.
“I would like to encourage people to come out and see what it’s about. It’s one of the most blessed days there is,” Bellows said, for anyone who hasn’t come to SAFFE Day before.
“There’s not going to be anyone out there who is going to leave without a smile on their face.”