Bristol has a non-profit 501(c) 3 that helps children with catastrophic illnesses and/or special needs,. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, which has been fund raising for children and their families since 1994.
Gloria Dei Caring for Kids (C4K), an outreach ministry, is having it annual Strawberry Festival & Craft/Vendor fund
raiser on Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 355 Camp St., Bristol.
There will be free kids’ activities: touch a truck with the Bristol Fire Department and a D’Amato Construction truck, bouncy house, face painting, enviroscape, games and prizes. There will be fresh strawberry shortcake, chocolate covered strawberries, hot dogs, chili and/or sauerkraut, chips and drinks.
C4K raised funds last year for a wheelchair accessible van for Jake, 8, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. SMA is a disease that affects every muscle in the body, which becomes weak. His family is the 15th family Gloria Dei/Caring for Kids’ has helped over the years. Additionally, C4K helped with house modifications to make it accessible and was able to obtain a Home Depot grant that provided volunteers who helped with painting and building a wheelchair ramp from the garage into the house, etc.
Caring for Kids is now helping Gabby, 8, who needs an augmentative communication device.
If you want to be a vendor or can volunteer for the June 11 Strawberry Festival, reach out to gdei@gdeichurch or (860)589-0629. Donations can be sent to the church in care of Caring for Kids.