Food and fun at Home Depot this Saturday

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Valley News: The Home Depot will have Borderlands’ P.O.W.W.O.W. event and its Kids Workshop this Saturday.

By Jon Johnson

THATCHER – The first Saturday of the month means it’s time to stock up on some low-priced vegetables and get your children’s craft on at the Home Depot.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Safford City Manager Horatio Skeete holds up some lemons that were available at the Borderlands P.O.W.W.O.W. produce event.

Come by the Safford Lions Club’s Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste (P.O.W.W.O.W.) market this Saturday morning at The Home Depot to receive farm-fresh produce and vegetables at a discount bargain price. The event is Borderlands’ monthly program where, with no qualifications, a person can shop for up to 70 pounds of fresh nutritious rescued produce with a $12 contribution.

The event runs from 6 – 9 a.m.

Home Depot Kids Workshop

After getting the produce, attendees can then head over to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop. The workshop brings adults and children together to participate in building a project, that also helps build relationships.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Kallie Tapia-Downing, 5, works on assembling her birdhouse.

This month, children will build a vintage General Motors-style wooden car to put on display or simply play with.

Once the vehicle is built, children can customize it with paint and stickers.

The last two months the local Thatcher Home Depot has run out of kits for the children, and store representatives ask those interested in attending to register online here first, so enough kits will be provided for all the children in the future.

All workshop attendees receive a workshop apron, certificate of achievement, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

The workshops are designed for children ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome. Workshop attendees have to be accompanied by an adult at all times. The workshop generally runs from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., but be wary, popular items can run out, so it’s best to make it there earlier than later.   

The workshop is easy to find, just follow the sounds of hammering – usually in the supply section adjacent to the garden center – and the buzzing of children hard at work. Projects usually consist of some slight hammering of small nails or attaching a couple screws to build a wooden object, which the children can then paint or adorn with stickers. The workshops are a free activity.

This article was updated at 4:30 p.m. to reflect the increased amount of food and price for the P.O.W.W.O.W.