Special Events

Back-2-School Giveaway

Every August, we put together around 300 school backpacks filled with school supplies & bibles for King Elementary, Callanan Middle School, and High School Students. This is an opportunity for your church or group to minister to children going to school in the fall. We need backpacks, school supplies, and groups who are willing to provide a meal for the families that come.

It is free for all because of the generosity of Variety- the children’s Charity. Variety sponsors our event so that 300 children a year can receive a brand new backpack filled with supplies.


Each October, the Friendship Center hosts a Halloween Party for both adults and children! We start the evening with a massive group game, with a cool grand prize. There will be candy and fun for the kids. Then we will have dinner provided by a local group, and sometimes we finish the night watching a kid-friendly movie at 6:30 pm.  Popcorn provided!!!!

For the best Halloween Costume, the winner receives a $30 gift card. Please dress appropriately for an Adult and Kid-friendly party!!!!

Christmas Adoptions

Each year, the Friendship Center adopts out for Christmas, children, teens, and single mothers who attend one of our ministries. We ask each adoptive parent to spend up to $150 total for all three Christmas gifts. Please respect our limits. Each participant asks for two items of clothing, one pair of shoes, and one fun item. We ask that each gift be wrapped individually and with a nametag on them, and please return all donations by December 1st.

If interested, please email Joe at ministry@friendshipcenterdsm.org.

Easter Egg Hunt

Each April, the Friendship Center will host an Easter Egg Hunt for the MLK community and surrounding cities. Free Food and Drinks, Face-painting, Inflatables, Easter Eggs with prizes inside. Free to all.

Summer Camps

One week summer camps are offered at the center for children ages Kindergarten through 8th grade. Summer camps run from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, with lunch provided. Kids participate in crafts, music, games, and a bible story daily.

If your church would like to volunteer to lead a Camp week, please contact Joe at ministry@friendshipcenterdsm.org.