While adults in a Roselle neighborhood threw a block party for charity, one mom said it was the kids who stole the show.
Kari Curry hosted the event on Aug. 7 at Woodworth Place to bring the neighborhood together and give back to one of Roselle’s nonprofits, Phil’s Friends. About 70 people attended the event and Curry hopes it will be the first of many.
Phil’s Friends was founded in 2006 after founder, Phil Zielke, survived stage 4B Hodgkin lymphoma. The Christian health organization supports people with cancer across the country through care packages, hospital visits and prayer.
Curry said her oldest daughter introduced her to the group from her time as a Girl Scout.
The kids at the block party “raised” about $150 by collecting all of the adults’ food to sell back to them, money the adults were already willing to donate. Curry was proud of how much the children could and wanted to help.
“It was pretty cute to watch them get excited and show them the stuff they bought,” she said.
Curry, who serves as a manager for Ingredion Inc. works, said volunteering is important to her. She has previously volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg, Gigi’s Playhouse at Hoffman Estates, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Curry and the kids also received school and other supplies donated to Phil’s Friends this week. Items include packs of crayons, crayons, pens, activity books, magazines, packs of tissues, sheets of paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lip balm, lotion, playing cards, fluffy socks, and hand sanitizer.
The block party included a water balloon toss, a hoop competition, a bouncy castle, and a time to thank the fire brigade and police for their services to the community.
Curry plans to host another block party next year, hoping to get other groups involved.
“As the organizer of the block party, I am so proud of the children in our block,” she said. “I wanted to make sure that, as a community, we also took the block party as an opportunity to give back, while also being together to have fun.”