‘Kid’s Night Out’ a success

Courtesy photo: The Rev. Dave Kaufman is shown with 28 new bicycles.

BROOKINGS – Holy Life Tabernacle at 241 Mustang Pass in Brookings hosted its annual “Kid’s Night Out” event on Tuesday, June 8. 

The church was unable to host this event last year due to the COVID virus. 

This year, 251 children and adults attended the fun-filled evening, and 28 new bicycles were given away thanks to the generosity of its members. Children enjoyed face painting, balloon sculptures, games, treasure hunts, obstacle course, basketball, and an obstacle bounce and slide. In addition, there was lively music and fun videos.

Over the years, Holy Life has given away 275 new children’s bicycles. Attendees do not need to be a member of the church to win a bike. In fact most of the bikes have gone to people who do not attend this church. The children register at the start of the evening. Each bicycle has a basket on the handle bars so the child can put their name in the basket for the bike that best fits them as a boy or girl. A drawing is held at the end of the evening.

The Rev. Dave Kaufman says the church is always excited about this annual event. People begin contributing money in March at their annual Kid’s Fundraiser.

Kaufman said, “We do something quite unique. We have a large parking lot that collects much snow. We call the huge snow piles ‘Mt. Tabernacle.’ People can vote for the day and time that they believe the snow pile will be totally melted. Each vote costs one dollar so it is a fun and painless way to raise money for children’s bicycles. You can vote as many times as you want so we encourage people to ‘stuff’ the ballot box. The winner gets a Perkins pie of their choice and the satisfaction of blessing children. This year with less snowstorms, our official snow melt date was Thursday, April 7, at 10 a.m."

Holy Life Tabernacle is a long-standing member of the Brookings Christian community. Kaufman indicates that The Tabernacle will host its “Kid’s Night Out” event again in June 2022.

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