By Bruce Whetten

Douglas Daily Dispatch

The community is invited to attend the 16th Annual Douglas Care Fair which will take place this Saturday, Aug. 3 from 9-11 a.m. at Airport Park.

Making Connections/DBA Cochise Connections, Freeport McMoRan, Christian Life Center, The Douglas Dispatch and other local businesses are working together to host the back to school event which will include the popular pony rides from DMD Hearts & Hooves, exhibits from the Douglas Police and Fire Departments, and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office. Chiricahua Health Centers Inc. will also have its Mobile Dental Unit on site. Gabriel Robles from DJ Legacy will be providing music and updates throughout the event, which is open to school aged students who have a valid school ID.

The event will kick off with a welcome from both the Douglas and Agua Prieta mayors.

Last year’s Care Fair attracted more than 1,200 families. A crowd similar in size is expected this year.

Freeport McMoRan is donating backpacks to all the students. Various participating agencies will be providing supplies to go inside the backpacks.

“It is an incredible community project,” said Adriana Romero, programs director for Cochise Connections said in a previous story. “Our goal is to assist as many families as we can by providing backpacks and school supplies to children and youth in need. We are asking local business to donate a raffle prize (tickets for food, haircuts, coupons, etc..) to help us with our raffle during the back to school event.”

Donations are still being accepted through Friday, Aug. 2 and may be dropped off at the Douglas Dispatch located at 530 11th Street. If you are unable to drop off your donation, call Managing Editor Bruce Whetten at (520) 234-0145. He will stop by and pick up your donation. Please make sure to include your business card as we will make sure to include your organization as a sponsor.

Romero is also asking for a $1 donation from each attendee.

Organizations committed to taking part this year are: Making Connections 4U/DBA Cochise Connections, Freeport McMoRan, Christian Life Center, The

Douglas Dispatch, Tucson Medical Center (TMC), DJ Legacy, Douglas Police Department, Community Health Associates, US Census Bureau, Caring Connections For Special Needs, Easter seals Blake Foundation, Consulado de Mexico, City of Douglas (Recreation Division), Douglas Public Library, Copper Queen Community Hospital, Cochise County, Board of Supervisor Campaign, DES Rehabilitation Services Administration, Arizona@Work/Employment Services & Voc Rehab, Wells Fargo Bank, CSL Plasma, Pioneer Title Agency, Douglas Area Food Bank and the DUSD #27 Migrant Education Program, DMD Hearts & Hooves and Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc.