photos by MARY TONG

Friends Helping Friends

Kids for Peace (KFP) recently hosted their Friends Helping Friends event at Sage Creek High School. The one-day family festival was held in an effort to inspire a lifetime of service among growing kids and teens and families in Carlsbad. The event featured hands-on “service stations,” a peace flag collaborative art project, entertainment from Sam Baker and Friends, nonprofit spotlights, and local food vendors. Participating nonprofits included the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Educational Foundation, Meals On Wheels, I Love A Clean San Diego, the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, Interfaith Shelter Network, Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club, the Mitchell Thorp Foundation, SNAP, TIP, Hands of Peace, and Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Other highlights included an inspiring speech from Mayor Matt Hall, visionary words from KFP emcees, lots of community connections, and an abundance of joy in all attendees. When asked about the event, KFP Co-Founder and Executive Director Jill McManigal said, “At Friends Helping Friends, it was clear to see that volunteerism, collaboration, and community pride are alive and well in Carlsbad!”