Family Fun Day Kits offered by Smoky River FCSS

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Families and residents in the Smoky River region are encouraged to celebrate Family Day on Feb. 15 even though events are cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Smoky River Family and Community Support Services [FCSS] based in Falher invites families to make special memories for the day.

“We are offering free Family Fun Day Kits,” says Charlene Born, a community program co-ordinator.

Kits are available at the FCSS office in Falher during regular office hours and at the McLennan office Wednesday morning.

Community program co-ordinator Diane Dolhan is co-ordinating the Family Day program.

“We encourage families to spend the day together using kits like we’ve provided to give them ideas for activities,” Born says.

She adds that many great ideas are on the Internet and Pinterest.

While COVID-19 restrictions prohibit social and community events, FCSS encourages families to make Family Day special in 2021.

“We see COVID as a blessing in disguise this Family Day by forcing families to draw closer together and strengthen family bonds,” Born says.

“Of course, community bonds are important, too, but the spirit of Family Day is, just that, family,” she adds.

While families have been spending more time in the past year with lockdowns and staying closer to home, FCSS suggests families expand their views and time together.

“Let’s all refocus and come together at home or outside to focus on the core relationships that are meant to last a lifetime,” Born says.

“The message of Family Day is to spend time with family and celebrate.”

Rather than seeing lockdowns as keeping them stuck at home, families can refocus their thinking to a spirit of gratitude, grant grace to those around them who are feeling as burnt out as they are, and use this time to reconnect with no outside distractions, Born says.

Smoky River FCSS has an abundance of resources, and more importantly, a passion for sharing them.

“We welcome community members to call us anytime to learn more, seek support, or just to connect,” Born says.

For more information for phone the FCSS office at [780] 837-2220.

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