Kids to Get Board Games

Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer, December 19, 2006

The Ben-Gals, local businesspeople and celebrities will play Santa Claus and give more than $10,000 in gifts to about 500 children from the FreestoreFoodbank’s Kids Café program.

Board games, donated by Primerica Financial Services, will be distributed by Covington Mayor Butch Callery, Hamilton County Commissioner-elect David Pepper and U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot. The Ben-Gals will assist.

Callery will pass out gifts at 4 p.m. today at Covington Heights housing community, 2500 Todd Ave.

Pepper will play Santa Claus at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at Evanston Recreation Center, 3204 Woodburn Ave. And Chabot will be at the Salvation Army, 3503 Warsaw Ave., Price Hill, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Pat Lause, vice president of Primerica, said board games encourage family togetherness.

“Many of the children who come to Kids Café have siblings who also attend,” Lause said. “Each child will get two games, which they can share with their brothers and sisters to create fun family memories during this holiday season.”

Each week, the Kids Café program serves more than 1,000 meals to children from across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Meals are prepared and delivered for Kids Café sites by Cincinnati Cooks, also a FreestoreFoodbank program in which adult students from low-income households learn cooking, commercial kitchen operation and skills that prepare them for jobs.