I am so proud to be a Resident of the City of Long Beach! This weekend we had a great time at the Zombie Walk. We had a shaky start... friday our Facepainter called out with Bronchitis. Our goal at our booth was to provide Community Inclusion and Free Facepainting. I got the inclusion part but I have no clue how to facepaint! Thank goodness for Anquisha InkedBelle of Western Inked Belle who saw my posts of panic on Facebook...she came in with no problem and helped me to paint the kiddos!
We had an awesome time at our booth! We painted anybody and included all kids!! One guy even let me practice on him while I waited for our Belle to show up, which was awesome. Seriously, who lets someone says "I don't know how to facepaint but I have some families coming that I promised to do for free... can I practice on you?" do their face? LoL.
I am very proud of our LB kids! I'm really beginning to see an Awareness for Special Needs families in our City. At one point we had a young man with Tourettes in a wheelchair being pushed by his mom. We had about 6 kids waiting around and he began cursing an a loud booming voice. The kids in line all kind of looked at me and I said I think he wants to be painted first... "everyone laughed" and he had a big smile. His mom literally relaxed in front of my eyes... I saw the tension release from her shoulders... I gave her a smile and said he ain't got nothin' on my Mother-in-law.... and I have a 4 year old Autistic son with a mean bite... I got this!" Then I continued to do his face and the kids in line went back to talking about Zombies. In reality, kids are just waiting to see our reaction and if we give them none then they adjust.
We also had some new families join us!!
Gerri's Granddaughters were a hit! They even did the Thriller Dance! The youngest one was very realistic and had her role down! She cracked me up!
Our booth was free and we had a donation jar. We made the most donations for one event ever!! $263.00 in ones, fives, and tens... thank you Zom Beach!! That money will be going towards our 2012 Free Summer Camp for our Kids and their Siblings, as well as our quest to provide 500 free bus rides for our families in 2012.
Thanks again Logan Crow, Giselle Crow, and the staff of Mondo Celluloid for Including Autism in Long Beach in your 2011 Zombie Walk!