Dozens of underprivileged children enjoyed a free day of fun at Splash Lagoon. They also received something they'll need before heading back to school.
It's a unique opportunity for a few hours of fun at the water park that some children would otherwise not be able to afford.
More than 50 underprivileged children from the Erie area who regularly attend and receive help from Sister Gus' Kids Café, were invited to come to Splash Lagoon free of charge. The volunteers from Kids Cafe chaperoned the day, making sure the kids could forget their worries and just be young and carefree for the afternoon.
In addition to the fun day at the Splash, the children were given brand new payless shoes. Starting school with new shoes is a luxury most of these kids would not be able to have if not for today.
The annual event is called Oswalt Day, named after the late Dennis Oswalt, who originally founded the event.
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