Teens Puts Together Fourth Annual Carnival Of Hope

By: 13 News Carissa Fox
By: 13 News Carissa Fox

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Teens Taking Action organized another fun-filled event for the Topeka Rescue Mission and community. This year was more difficult than previous years.

The fourth annual Carnival of Hope kicked off Saturday afternoon and Rescue Mission residents had a chance to join in the fun.

"Free things like this is awesome. There are people out there that do want to help people in our situation and stuff and i appreciate everything that people do." Shared one resident.

Even though this is the fourth year, organizers say there may not be a fifth.

"We are in need of more donations, more people to help us with it and the mission is going through a lot because they're adding on to their building and so they haven't had the people there to help us which we've had last year and the years before. So this year it's been all on us and a little more difficult than usual." Said founder and organizer Zach Haney.

But that doesn't stop him from trying to bring joy to others. Zach says it's all about interaction with those who need it the most.

"I saw a need for other youth my age to get out there and get involved. We were doing things in school, but we need to be out in the community. School is great, but we have to actually touch lives, get out there and serve other people. That's what a community is all about." Added Haney.

Of course a carnival wouldn't be complete without a petting zoo and the all time favorite thing for the kids.

"Playing in the bouncy house because its bouncy!" Exclaimed a child.

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