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Jonesboro, AR - Yalanda Young Reports

Day in the Park was a Hit for the Habitat for Humanity

July 30, 2005--Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR-- Jonesboro's Habitat for Humanity held their Annual Day in the Park at Craighead Forest Today. The event was scheduled to let everyone know what they do and how others can help. 

The Jonesboro Police Department played against the Fire Department to help out with the cause. Officer Jonathan Redman said they were happy to help and gave a little advice to the opposing team.

"They better bring their A-game. Really anytime the Police Department gets to play their rivals in a softball game, it's going to be a good day."

While bats were swinging in one part of the park, voices were singing in another. Twelve area churches came out and alternated every thirty minutes.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian based ministry that devotes their time to eliminating poverty housing. Chuck Taylor, President of the Board for HFH, said their organization isn't possible without volunteers.

"We need volunteers to build houses, serve on the board, help out with fundraisers, and come up with ideas. We are always looking for new faces."

Turner said they do more than just drive nails, they also help their fellow man.

"There are so many people out there that need a nice home, and we've built 12 right here in Jonesboro."

Mavis Forrest with the HFH, said the Day in the Park is also to raise money for their upcoming construction.

"We hope to raise more money and get more volunteers for our September construction. It will be our 13th house here in Jonesboro, and we are eager to get started."

Kids could get their faces painted, 'walk on the moon' or try to sink someone on the dunkingbooth.

Mavis said she knew, with all the fun activities and food, they would have a good turnout.

As for Officer Redman and the rest of the softball players, the Police Department took the victory by defeating the Fire Department 18-17.

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