Staff members Kristi Simpson and Lesli Blazer volunteered as WRMA CARES Ambassadors at the Myriad Botanical Gardens Pumpkinville fall festival in Oklahoma City, OK. This is an annual two-week event with plenty to offer both children and adults. This year’s theme was Witches & Wizards, and the grounds were decorated with creative displays of pumpkins, gourds, haystacks, and mums.
As members of WRMA’s OCC Monitoring Project team, Kristi and Lesli have strong backgrounds and interests in early childhood, so volunteering at Pumpkinville was a perfect fit. The festival had a variety of activities for kids, such as free crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting, story time, a carousel, and games. Kristi was assigned to oversee the magic wand play area, and Lesli was assigned the bean bag toss game. More than 2,000 people attend Pumpkinville daily, so Kristi and Lesli were busy!
Of the Ambassador day, Kristi and Lesli wrote, “One of the best experiences was getting to play with a group of children (and parents) from Hearts for Hearing. This is an organization that provides children with an opportunity every three months to meet, socialize, and have fun with other children with hearing loss. It was such an inspiring day and fulfilling experience, and we are so thankful to work for a company that values, encourages, and supports community involvement.”