Open Door Mission ( hosted a back-to-school Celebration Carnival for the community on Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Open Door Mission campus. The event was held for families experiencing homelessness and poverty.

The carnival included games, a delicious meal, a petting zoo, firetruck, face painting and balloon animals. Free school supplies and brand new clothing for children were also given out at the event. Over 200 volunteers showed up to help make this event a success. Over 1700 people were served, including over 1,000 children.

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that meets the needs of individuals and families while inspiring HOPE for lasting change. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 917 safe shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 4,747 nutritious meals and provides preventative measures to more than 1,000 people living in poverty. Learn more at or call (402) 829-1538 to get in touch with Open Door Mission.