Crittenton Centers invites families to annual Garden Celebration

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PEORIA, Ill. — Crittenton Centers invites families to spend quality time together and eat healthy at their eighth annual Garden Celebration from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.

“We are located currently in a food desert and this is a gift we can give to help promote healthy eating to families,” said Sandy Garza, Development & Marketing Director at Crittenton Centers.

During the celebration, kids will be able to pick their own vegetables from the garden, share a meal and take a walk.

“Everything Crittenton Centers does is about strengthening families. One of the best ways that families bond, is over a meal. We know that if we can teach children at young age how important and how fun vegetables are from a garden, and they share that with their family, they will continue that tradition for generations,” said Garza.

Caterpillar volunteers spent hours under the sun Tuesday, getting the center ready.

“We’ve been out here pulling weeds, painting swings, mowing, various different activities here,” said Nicole Thacker, Security Manager at Caterpillar, “It just took 4 hours of our day to help benefit a party like tomorrow that everyone is coming out for. It feels good to be a part of.”

This service project hits close to home to many of the volunteers like Bev Hungate, IT Manger at Caterpillar.

“I think most of the volunteers here have kids here and it just feels good to support the community and help. I was very impressed by the things Crittenton Center is doing to build strong families. They’re doing things to help plant seeds,” said Hungate.

Planting seeds is exactly what the center hopes to continue.

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