Render Aid Alabama’s 1st Winter Wellness Festival sees 200

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Dancing instructor Bobbi Breanne and her crowd-chosen helper Grace teach the attendees of Render Aid Alabama’s inaugural Winter Wellness Festival a few line dance steps. (Cheyenne Sharp)

CULLMAN, Ala. – On Saturday, Feb. 24, the nonprofit outreach program Render Aid Alabama hosted its inaugural Winter Wellness Festival at the Cullman County Agricultural Trade Center. The event was aimed toward giving the community access to the resources needed during trying and hard times.

“We had around 200 that came inside!” said event organizer Candi Cummings.

Guests enjoyed eats from many local food trucks, including Papi’s Roasted Corn, Candy Ice, The Lunch Wagon LLC and Alabama Mud Coffee.

Special guest speaker, Miss International Alabama Dana Bradley, detailed her own wellness journey and the importance of the day’s event.

There were also 18 vendor tables at the venue.

The family friendly event kept guests young and old entertained with three huge inflatables in the center of the arena, a group line dancing course, balloon creations and  face painting and hair braiding for the young ones.  

The real heroes of the day were the volunteers and resource vendors who took the time to extend a helping hand to the community. A total of 10 volunteers manned the event, directing traffic and vendors to their appropriate spots. Many local resource vendors such as Yellow Brick Road Counseling,  Refuge Ministry,  Kathi Sohn-Life Coach, Choices Counseling, the Girls Scouts, Helping Families Initiative, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 and LifeSouth Blood Mobile were on-site all day.

“Even with a smaller crowd, the blood mobile was able to meet their goal of donors for the event,” Cummings said.

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