FAIRFIELD — Music blared on loudspeakers at Allan Witt Park Saturday as the community converged for a major celebration.
In its 50th year, Mount Calvary Church hosted its first health and resource fair to serve local residents in need of some support. More than two dozen vendors lined the perimeter of the grounds joined by a children’s carnival and food tents.
Mark Pyne, a 54-year-old transient, was waiting at the Luigi’s tent with his meal ticket in hand.
He had heard about the event from a friend and decided to check it out.
“This is good,” he said, after collecting a pair of shoes and a hygiene kit from the church’s Health Ministry.
The group from Mount Calvary was distributing donated backpacks, clothes and shoes to anyone in need.
Fairfield resident Manuel Norris, 33, walked away with a brand new pair of shoes and a hat courtesy of Mount Calvary.
“They’re real giving,” he said.
The goal of the event was to give back to the community in terms of health, finance and education, said Sarita Robinson, who helped organize the event. It was a “total team effort.”
Representatives from local hospitals and organizations, such as the National Alliance for Mental Illness of Solano County, the Matt Garcia Youth Center and the Kroc Center, were distributing information and offering free services that included health screenings.
“We were really blessed in terms of turnout this year,” said Robinson.
Mount Calvary hosts Sunday church services at 7, 9:30 and 11:45 a.m. at its Fairfield location, 1735 Enterprise Drive, Building 3, and 10:30 a.m. at its Suisun City location, 601 Whispering Bay Lane.
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