‘Fire and Ice’ event provides help to the homeless

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Participants gather around a fire at last year’s Fire and Ice event at The Shops at Riverwoods. The Food and Care Coalition holds the event each year to help the homeless and low-income individuals.

The Shops at Riverwoods is teaming up with the Food and Care Coalition for the third annual Fire and Ice event to provide help to the homeless and low-income individuals of Utah County.

The event will be this Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m, at The Shops at Riverwoods.

The event itself is free, and attendees who donate two cans of non-perishable food will receive a package to make s’mores by the fire. Proceeds go to the Food and Care Coalition.

“We really are so excited for Fire and Ice’s third event,” said McKell Reeves, marketing director of The Shops at Riverwoods. “It is so fun to see how it evolves each year. Everyone always has such a fun time, and we’re so proud to be able to help out in a small way for such a great cause.”

The Food and Care Coalition, located in Provo, serves the homeless community of Utah County and provides basic services including food, showers, laundry, hygiene help, counseling, housing and educational opportunities for those in need. Help from the community is essential in its efforts.

“We engage the public on multiple levels regarding education on the issues of homeless including news articles, web interface, Facebook, speaking engagements, etc.,” said Brent Crane, executive director of the Food and Care Coalition. “This event is a great way to get the word out.”

The event will include ice sculpting, live reindeer, warm fires, fireworks, live entertainment from Route 89, ice fishing for children and food from Marley’s Gourmet Sliders, Tucanos, Provo Beach Resort and Malawi’s Pizza.

“I’ve been the past two years, and it really is a great event. It is always so much fun to see what they’re going to do each year,” said Hyrum Shumway, a senior at Brigham Young University studying chemistry.

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