A local educational center has invited the public to a fall festival, asking for donations to a local food pantry in lieu of admission price.
The Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center will host its eighth annual fall festival from 7-9 p.m. Friday to benefit the Community Storehouse Food Pantry, according to a news release. The event will include inflatable bounce houses, rock climbing, face painting, food and games, said Alyse Tirrell, the center’s assistant director.
Tirrell said the donated raffle items, including a Smart TV, a free month of tuition at the school and "tons of gift cards" help raise thousands for the local nonprofit.
The release says that an estimated 20-25 percent of children living in the Keller and Northwest Independent School Districts live below the poverty line, and “Children’s Lighthouse hopes to help provide nourishment for these children with this special benefit.”
Tirrell said the center is expecting more than 500 people for the "big, good event," which she said raised a box truck-full of food donations and about $3,000 for Community Storehouse.
"The small school that we are, the amount that we raise here is impressive," she said. "We’re hoping to double that amount this year."
Tirrell said the event has grown each year, which organizers "want to keep that going."
Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry. The event is located at the educational childcare center at 11845 Alta Vista Road in Keller.