Inaugural Family Day a Huge Success in Southeast San Diego



By Brian Goodin
Photos by Brian Goodin and Stephen Prendergast

Sometimes things seem just like the good old days when really good-hearted people go into action doing the fantastic. That’s exactly what happened at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, February 8th, in the parking lot located at 5055 Federal Blvd in San Diego just across the street from McDonald’s restaurant on the same property as Par Liquor Store. Karlos Toma from Par Liquor was invited to team up with San Diego Hip Hop5K Health & Wellness, Big Belly Barbeque, and Paving Great Futures to give back to the community. It was the brainchild of Jarod Stutts, a member of the Health and Wellness committee.

The collaborative effort brought together 28 vendors with resources and information to share, ranging from free haircuts, mental health services, domestic violence, Calfresh information, and even people to help with human trafficking concerns.

There were even Mayoral candidates on hand, including Tasha Williamson, Todd Gloria and Gita Appelbaum, all of whom were seeking to have a word with a surprisingly large crowd. Upwards of 250 men, women and children were in attendance. All in all, it was a successful effort to reach lots of people in the community with love, free food, and fun for the children.

Carl Overstreet, organizer and marketer for the event, had this to say, “Thank you to the City of San Diego for your support. Salute to the Stutts family, Armon Harvey, Erica Robinson, and Karlos from Par Liquor for helping to pull this event off. Let’s carry on the commUNITY.

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