A Pickerington church is once again doing its part to help single-parent families find a way to relax and enjoy a morning of tranquil camaraderie.
Grace Fellowship, 1449 Refugee Road, will hold a Single Parent Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9.
The event is free and open to the community. Attendees do not have to be a church member, but do need to register for the event by going to www.singleparentfair.cc
Organizer and Grace Fellowship Impact Coordinator Nicole Waggoner said the church has provided the annual event since 2009 as a way to recognize the challenges and sacrifices single-parent families face everyday.
"As families get ready for the school year we want to provide free things," Waggoner said.
"Being a single-parent is financially challenging," she said.
The list of free activities and benefits for single-parent families continues to grow each year from the fair's inaugural rollout in 2009.
"It's a lot of stuff and there are a few new things this year," Waggoner said.
Breakfast, pedicures, facials/makeovers, a car wash, family photos, school supplies, massages, prizes and children's hair cuts will be provided, all free.
"We like to do free things for moms and dads that they normally couldn't do themselves. We want to love on them and provide many different things," Waggoner said.
She said in 2013 more than 200 parents and kids participated in the event at Pickerington High School Central.
Grace Fellowship moved into a new 32,000 square-foot building last November.
"This year we expect it to grow because of our new location," Waggoner said.
She said the new facility "has been awesome. Since we opened, we've had 700 to 900 new people attend."
Waggoner made it clear, however, the church welcomes the community to the Single Parent Fair with no strings attached.
"We just love being involved with our neighbors," she said.
"We want to let our community know we're here for them. We love Pickerington and want to invest in our community."
For more information about Grace Fellowship and the Single Parent Fair, go to www.gracefellowship.cc.