The kids at Jefferson Park on Saturday looked determined to catch ‘em all.
But they weren’t hunting digital creatures, or playing the latest trendy game on their parents’ phones.
Instead, the children chased hundreds of glistening bubbles, reaching in the air to grasp ones that rose above their heads.
At least 50 people showed up at the park Saturday morning for Bubbles for Bottoms, a fundraiser to help purchase diapers for the St. Leo Food Connection in Tacoma.
By selling bubble-wands as well as bottles of bubble-making solution, event organizer Joe Barrentine said he hopes to help buy thousands of diapers and diaper wipes for the food bank this year.
“I have two small kids — I know what diapers cost,” said Barrentine, a Tacoma resident. “And everyone loves bubbles.”
It’s the second year Barrentine has run a community drive to purchase diapers for the Food Connection, but the first time he’s held a bubble-making event to help fund the effort, he said.
Kevin Glackin-Coley, the director of the food bank, said the community diaper drive is “a great boon for us.”
“A lot of our clients, the reason they come to us is they don’t have enough money for all the household needs. And diapers are expensive, and wipes are expensive,” Glackin-Coley said.
“... Knowing that this will be providing that for folks in the community and making a fun event at the same time is a great partnership.”
Frequently, bubbles as large as the children chasing them drifted through the park, only to be popped by little fingers amid shrieks of excitement.
It’s the kind of bubble-making fun that Anna Fields, a North Tacoma resident, said her kids don’t get the chance to enjoy most Saturdays.
“I might get out the little store-bought ones, but that’s nothing like this,” she said, as she watched a giant bubble shimmer across the park.