WINONA LAKE — The sixth annual Block of Love event went on as scheduled despite Mother Nature’s insistence of bringing more rain to the area. As soon as the rain stopped and the sky cleared, people started heading to Canal Street to check out the fun.
The event also celebrated MudLove’s seventh year in business. Those attending were asked to make a $5 donation which went to Water for Good, a charity MudLove partners with to provide sustainable water access for those living in the Central African Republic.
Kristin Elesner, customer care team leader for MudLove, said prior to this year’s Block of Love, it was hoped 1,500 would attend. “If 1,000 people can make the $5 donation, the $5,000 goal (for the event), can be met,” she said.
MudLove Pottery is one of Water for Good’s most dedicated partner focused on getting clean water into the Central African Republic. In addition to providing wells, Water for Good also trains residents in well maintenance, education in sanitation and hygiene and introducing new techniques communities can use agriculture to combat nutritional issues as well as providing a source of income.
Block of Love offered fun for the entire family with a kids zone, face painting, soccer, T-shirt tagging, a giant Jenga game, cornhole, and a KCV Kids Bike Course.
There was also music from Isaac and the Darlings, Beyond Normal Sea, Plaxton & the Void and DJ Chuck Fry.
A marketplace features items other non-profit organizations such as Belove, Breath of Life Haiti, Foreveresta, Destiny Rescue, Shepherd Ministries, Water for Good and Fellowship Missions.
A nice variety of food trucks were also on hand offering a variety of tasty treats.