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Kids First Fair raises awareness for military children

Camp Pendleton families gathered at the base’s Paige Fieldhouse for the 15th Annual Kids First Fair, April 24.

The event was held to recognize April as Military Child Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. It provided food and fun while educating patrons on the various family services available to Camp Pendleton occupants.

“This event was a good way to spend time with the family,” said Sgt. Mario E. Flores, operations noncommissioned officer, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group. “I’m new to the base, and I found out about some great programs for the families.”

To promote child safety, various military-family-oriented organizations were on hand to answer questions, such as Military One Source and Camp Pendleton Fire and Emergency Services.

The Marine Corps Community Services-sponsored fair was also packed with food, games and activities at no cost to attendees.

There were raffles, bouncy houses, face paintings, clowns, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts and a dance performance by children from the Abby Reinke and Stuart Mesa community centers.

“I received a lot of good information on child safety,” said Lance Cpl. Kody B. Clouse, supply clerk, Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15. “I also got to have some fun with my wife and daughter.”

For more information regarding base family services or upcoming family events, visit http://www.pendleton.usmc.mil and choose Family Services.

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