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Kilgore’s Special Abilities Family Fun Event returns Sept. 17

Kilgore Fire Department welcomes Everyday Heroes to World’s Richest Acre

SAFFE Day Press Release

More and more people are getting involved with SAFFE Day, Johnny Bellows says, and as the fifth annual event approaches in mid-September, he hopes more and more will reap the benefit of coming together in downtown Kilgore and celebrating special abilities.
“I think it’s been a very good awakening for everyone that’s involved,” Kilgore’s fire chief says. Free and open-to-the-public, the event helps people overcome barriers and fears, Bellows adds, as they see how special each individual is. “I see it in my own self.”
The Special Abilities Family Fun Event is on the lookout for Everyday Heroes – special needs children and adults, their families and caregivers – to visit downtown Kilgore Saturday, Sept. 17, and find a slew of activities specially-tailored for them from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Set near Kilgore’s World’s Richest Acre (100 S. Commerce Street), people with special needs and abilities find SAFFE Day is custom-fit for their ‘normal,’ one everyone can enjoy.
“A day when they can come downtown and they are not looked upon as being different,” he said. “This is the fifth year. Can you believe it? It gets bigger and better every year.”
The event was created in September 2012, a local initiative by Kilgore’s (“Volunteer”) Fire Department, and is open to all.
“SAFFE Day is a day for people with special needs, young and old, to come and enjoy activities and events that are specifically geared toward them, with a focus on what they can do rather than what they cannot do,” says KFD Administrative Assistant Kristi Simpson.
Community-funded, the event includes a variety of games, challenges and opportunities that can be enjoyed by people with or without special needs. Everyone is welcome, Simpson said, to #BeAHero as they enjoy free food, drinks, entertainment and more.
“We invite our special guests to be a hero, for their family and caretakers to participate.”
In addition to the main event Sept. 17, this year SAFFE Day’s organizers will continue spreading the word about their guests through a red-carpet premiere of the documentary “Everyday Heroes.” Shot by director Chip Hale and his crew from Overton Films in Fall 2015, the 40-minute film features volunteers, firefighters, special needs guests and others to tell the SAFFE story.
Nominated for Best Documentary Short at the Austin Revolution Film Festival, SAFFE Day’s local showing of “Everyday Heroes” is set for Thursday, Sept. 15, at Kilgore’s 4 Star Cinema (1607 US Hwy. 259)). SAFFE Day’s 2016 Special Needs Ambassador – 11-year-old Ryan Bailey – will be on-hand along with the event’s mascot, Blazze, Thursday night before officially opening SAFFE Day at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.
Tickets to the Thursday night event should be reserved in advance by calling Simpson at 903-988-4112. Admission is free – SAFFE Day organizers will gladly accept donations throughout the events.
Free to all guests, the Special Abilities Family Fun Event Day is supported by local contributions and sponsorships: anyone interested in donating to the nonprofit 501(c)3 can get more information from Simpson or by email Donations can also be made online at
Get updates on the coming events at Vendors can sign up at SAFFE Day’s Everyday Heroes can also reserve a spot via or by logging to


(Special Abilities Family Fun Event)
TIME: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 17
WHERE: World’s Richest Acre
100 S. Commerce Street, Kilgore, TX 75662
AUDIENCE: Open to the public, tailored for special needs children/adults, their families & caregivers
COST: Free (donations accepted)

“Everyday Heroes” Documentary Short Film Premiere
TIME: 6 p.m. (first showing)
7 p.m. (red carpet)
8 p.m. (second showing)
DATE: Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: 4 Star Cinema
1607 US-259 BUS, Kilgore, TX 75662
AUDIENCE: Open to the public
COST: Free (donations accepted)

CALL: 903-988-4112
FACEBOOK: or search “SAFFE Day
TWITTER: @saffeday
HASHTAGS: #beahero #saffeday #everydayheroes

PHOTOS and HI-RES artwork available upon request

To arrange an interview — Kilgore Fire Chief Johnny Bellows, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Simmons, Colleen Bailey, Ryan Bailey, Chip Hale or KFD Administrative Assistant Kristi Simpson – call 903-988-4112 or email

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