Children enjoyed games, stories

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

Laughter and smiles were in abundance at the Family Fun Day held last Thursday in the Freer Civic Center.

"The purpose of the Family Fun Day is to give the community a chance to meet different government agencies in a family friendly environment," said county attorney Ricardo "Rocky" Carrillo. "Everyone here seems to be having a great time."

The sixth annual event was sponsored by the Duval County Attorney's Office, Crime Victims Agency and City of Freer.

Children from ages two to 12 played games, which included a cakewalk, toy walk, ring toss, tic-tac-toe and basketball.

Stories such as "Hallowiener" and "Scared Silly" were read by Anne Bayless, B.J. Alaniz and Amy Canales to the children in the new library located in a room adjoining the center.

"The kids have really had fun listening," said Alaniz, county library director, "and they've also enjoyed doing some arts and crafts, too."

A variety of door prizes were also given to a number of lucky winners during several drawings that took place.

As a special treat free hotdogs, soda and chips were available, donated by State Rep. Ryan Guillen.

Participants were the Duval County District Attorney's Office, County Sheriff's Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, South Texas Central Task Force, Duval County Library, Duval County Attorney's Office, Freer United Methodist Church, Freer Community Crime Stoppers and S.C.A.N., Inc. Services To At-Risk Youth of Laredo.