The Winamac H&R Block office is sponsoring this year’s second Annual Downtown Winamac Block Party, with donations going to support the Pulaski County Food Bank. Event Coordinator Amy Hoover said the event has drawn a lot of attention from local businesses, with a variety of activities offered in exchange for donations of money or canned items to benefit the food pantry.
“Everything that we collect is going to the food pantry – either the canned goods or the money,” said Hoover. “It was just something that I knew that they were in short supply, so we wanted to do what we could to give back to the community by giving to the food pantry.”
This year, Hoover said the block party is even bigger than last year. Local business have gone out of their way to participate, including various drawings and activities at Dillman’s Auto, GFB Photography, Linkster’s, Hague Insurance, Tippy’s, Goble/Heal Chiropractic, Vicky’s, H&R Block, and Refined. Pulaski County Human Services will be holding a bake sale, H&R Block has announced they will be holding a shamrock hunt with a $200 downtown gift basket for the winner, and cotton candy and free popcorn is being offered by Kreamer Cotton Candy.
The Blood Mobiles from South Bend will also be present at the event for those interested in donating blood.
Hoover said the event is held annually, and each year they pick a different organization to benefit. This year, it’s the food bank that benefits from the event, and Hoover explained it’s their way of giving back to the community.
“Every year, we’re going to pick a charitable organization that we want our donations to go toward,” said Hoover. “Every year we’re trying to make it bigger. We’re trying to promote downtown business, and at the same time, give back to the community by doing things like donating to the food pantry.”
Last year, the event benefited the county fireworks fund. The event will take place on Pearl and Market streets in downtown Winamac on Saturday, March 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.