Arvin kids celebrate Easter, parents learn about nutrition, safety

ARVIN - About 100 young people in the Arvin area participated in an Easter celebration during the last day of their spring break.

There was a dance contest, carnival games and an Easter egg hunt Friday. However, organizers say the importance of the event was to provide valuable information to the community. 

"Kids who live in this area are subject to drugs and gang activity. We want to reach out to them and and build healthy relationships," said Ray Ballard with Operation Soul Winner.

The family day at the park was put on by the Corporation for Better Housing.

Representatives from many county and nonprofit agencies were also on hand providing healthcare, nutritional and safety information.

"Many of these residents don't have access to these types of services or even information that it's available,"
Bryce Ramirez, Corporation for Better Housing.

Organizers say if it wasn't for this event, many of the young people would not have any type of Easter celebration.

"My spring break so far has been pretty boring. We had a great time, met new people and made friends,"
Monse Alcala, a participant.

Operations Soul Winner sponsors many events in low income communities. Their desire is to provide positive activities for young people.

"There certain groups where you see people doing bad stuff like alcohol and drugs, so you need to know who to hang around with. This event helps me and my little brother do something fun and stay out of trouble," Daniel Alclala, a participant.

On Saturday, Operation Soul Winner is hosting a Easter Basket giveaway in Oildale.

300 Easter baskets will be given away to needy families. The event begins at 4 p.m. at Oildale drive and Beardsley Avenue.

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