Special Events

Community & Special Events



The Back-2-School Day falls every August just before the start of the academic year. It is a morning of celebration for elementary – high school aged children. Backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies are distributed to every child serviced at City of Refuge. Join the team by donating much needed school supply items during the month of June and July.


Beach Day

A special vactation day for the friends and families we serve at City of Refuge. Each year in August over 200 people enjoy a full day of swimming, paddle boating, games, fishing, singing, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner at Fort Mountain State Park Beach. Each child is assigned a “water buddy” and chaperone to ensure the safety of our children. Teams prepare meals throughout the day and everyone enjoys a refreshing break away from the challenging environments in which they reside.

Partner with us in making this special day a huge success by donating the following items:

Hamburger Patties, Hot Dogs, Chicken (Breast, Thighs & Legs), Sodas and Bottled Water, Children’s Juice Drinks, Paper Products, Chips & Dip, Cookies, Little Debbie’s, Crackers, Water Toys & Flotation Devices, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise and Monetary Donations.


Christmas in the City

No child should suffer the disappointment of being left out at Christmas. Christmas in the City makes sure 100 children from our neighborhood are not forgotten bu asking donors to contribute $40 per child so that he or she may experience the joy and gratitude of Christmas. The event culminates with a holiday party that includes a visit for Santa and a world of food, surprises and fun. To become on eof the many elves needed to make this happen, visit our donation page and make a pledge. One child? Tow? Ten? Twenty?  Santa loves helpers and so do we, sign on and make this part of your Christmas gift-giving plan.

Please note toys and donated items are also appreciated. Teenage gifts such as gift cards, make-up, hand bags, etc. are often in shortage during this time of year. Please consider your monetary donation or a gift item listed above as your contribution to one the “least of these” in need.


Christmas Tour Lights

Christmas Tour of Lights event is during the week of Christmas every year. The majority of the families and individuals serviced at City of Refuge do not have the luxury of owning a transportation vehicle. Therefore, they are omitted an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and excitement of the local area Christmas light displays. On this evening children and adults are transported via City of Refuge and partner church vehivles throughout the city and surrounding areas to enjoy the beauty of “Christmas Lights”. The evening Comes to a close at a local farm with hot chocolate and cookies.


Easter Sunrise

On this special day of remembrance a special morning breakfast is served by volunteers and staff. Immediately following the message each child from birth to 18 years of age is presented an Easter basket filled with candy and goodies. Everyone enjoys a fun time of hunting Easter eggs on the City of Refuge Bryant Avenue campus.


Mother’s Day of Beauty

The “Day of Beauty” is a day of pampering and celebrating the role of mother. Each year the day prior to Mother’s Day, City of Refuge provides each mother with a very special day of her own. She is provided a delightful breakfast and then off to her day of beauty with a facial, manicure, pedicure, massage, reflexology treatment, make-up and hair styling. At the close of this relaxing event she is provided an elegant lunch and an inspirational message from a guest speaker. Childcare is provided in order to allow each mother to relax and enjoy her day without distraction or concerns. You can help in this unforgettable event in one of the following ways:


  • Administer manicures and Pedicures (you do not need to be a professional)
  • Assist in Child Care at the event.
  • Help serve breakfast or lunch


  • Food items for the two meals that will be served.
  • Beauty items for manicures, pedicures, facials, make-up, and styling products.


Donation Opportunities

Feeding the hungry requires huge amounts of capital and human resources. Volunteer your time or offer your financial support.

  • Food for one day of Meals at City of Refuge may be sponsored for $300 (approximately $2 per meal)
  • Food for a week may be sponsored for $600.
  • Food for a month may be sponsored for $2400.
  • Food for a year may be sponsored for $28,800.
  • Foodbank Donations may be sponsored for $25, $50, $75, $100 etc. per month
  • Housing donations may be sponsored for $50, $100, $150, $200, etc. per month.