Local foundation plans Day of Hope

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Wallets are tight around the holidays, but A Day of Hope Foundation is here to give a little extra help to you and your family.

On Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., the nonprofit is hosting a free "compassion event" at the lawn of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse with activities and live entertainment for everyone in the family.

"We are excited for Lawrenceville," said Lynne Fetsko, director and event coordinator of the foundation. "This year's event has so much to offer for our community. There are so many families who need hope, and year after year our community volunteers step up to come together to bring that hope to their neighbors."

A kids zone features bounces houses, face painting, crafts and snacks. The "teen scene" has dance expressions, music groups and a life coach with messages of hope. The adults can receive counseling, free medical testing and eye exams, and job skill resources.

"With it being one week away from Thanksgiving Day holiday we have a great opportunity to really impact families with a free event that won't impact their pocketbooks," Fetsko said. "We also have been collecting new and gently used coats for kids and conducting food drives for Thanksgiving groceries to-go bags that will be disbursed to families during the event."

A Day of Hope teamed up with Phoenix Community Coffee to host is an evening concert called "Concert n' Coffee" scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. at the courthouse gazebo. The community is invited to bring out their lawn chairs and listen to music by Pray For Reign, Grafted By Grace and Christian recording artist Sherrie McCrary.

A Day of Hope's mission is "to bring hope to the people in our community by connecting them with available resources to address their spiritual, emotional and physical needs."

For more information, visit www.adayofhopefoundation.org.