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Smile Express to visit Brainerd

Web posted December 3, 2019
The inaugural Smile Express holiday event will be held from 4:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. on Saturday, December 7th at the Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd.

Hosted by Smiles for Jake, the event will be open to the public and free to attend. Limited parking will be available at the Northern Pacific Center and a shuttle will be running from the Ascensus/Cub Foods parking lot in east Brainerd during the entire event.

Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy, kid’s coat, blankets, hats, or mittens. The items will be donated to Toys for Kids and then distributed by the Marine Corps League/Salvation Army to local families on December 19th.

“The holiday season can be a stressful or lonely time for many. We want to provide an event that inspires hopes and builds community for our local families,” said Kristi Westbrock, Smile Advocate. “Our hope is that this will become an annual community event where everyone feels welcome and inspired. If everyone leaves feeling a renewed sense of kindness and gratitude, then we know it was a success.”

Events and activities that are being planned include:
• Marketplace
• Kids Craft Table
• Face Painting
• Hayrides
• Family Photos
• Kids Haircuts
• Santa Claus
• Fire Dancers
• S’mores
• Tree Lighting
• Fireworks
• And much, much more!

All activities will be provided at no cost. Mental health professionals from the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will also be onsite during the event for questions, concerns, and support. Event sponsors currently include the Northern Pacific Center, CRMC, CTC, Roundhouse Brewery, Cub Foods, Reichert Bus, and Belle Cheveux Salon and Spa.

For event details and parking information visit the Smiles for Jake Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/SmilesforJake or website: www.smilesforjake.org.

Based in Brainerd, Minnesota, Smiles for Jake is a suicide prevention movement that spreads positivity through life-affirming actions, listening ears, and the message that everyone should have hope. Founded in 2018, Smiles for Jake is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization.

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