“Eleven joyous years.”
That’s how long Monique Cardwell said that she and her husband, John, have been a part of Fun With The Son. FWTS is a Cottonwood Creek family mission event that provides eye and dental screenings, haircuts, face painting, balloon animals, train rides, and every school-aged child in attendance receives a backpack filled with school supplies.
Monique plays a huge role behind the scenes getting all of the permits and approval from the City of McKinney. Each January, she along with the rest of the planning team, start the ball rolling for the upcoming event held each August.
“I coordinate getting supplies to the park, setting up the park for the event, medical team and police support,” Monique said. “This definitely is a team effort. Many hands go into making this event work each year.”
Monique and John make FWTS a family event each year. Whether its helping with the event day of or packing backpacks and canvassing neighborhoods the weekend before, there is a job for everyone, no matter their age. John, a local firefighter, helps each year with the onsite medical support. This year two of the Cardwell’s daughters joined the fun. Katelyn, 14, has served in years past packing school supplies, handing out water and painting faces. As a member of the Cottonwood Creek Student Ministry, Katelyn helped play games with the kids who came to the event this year. Monique and John’s 11-year-old daughter Ashlyn helped at the event for the first time this year handing out books.
“The hardest part about this for my girls is getting up at 4:30a to get to the park for set up,” Monique said. “They would both agree it’s worth it.”
FWTS is a great opportunity to be On Mission locally. Make plans to be a part of the 19th annual FWTS on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Old Setter’s Park in McKinney, Texas.
“It doesn’t take a lot of effort and you don’t have to travel far,” Monique said. “As a parent I love being able to demonstrate how to show God’s love to others by meeting a need and just having fun with them.”