OSGOOD — Blue skies and beautiful spring weather graced family, friends and children who gathered last Saturday, May 15, to dedicate and bless the opening of the Do Good Children’s Memorial Garden and Splash Pad in Osgood.
Opening the ceremony with prayer, Do Good Restaurant and Ministry founder, Karen Homan welcomed parents, children, family and friends seated by the Memorial Arch at the park’s entrance, followed with a short reflection and sprinkling rite offered by Deacon Dan Kahlig, of Mary Help of Christians Church (part of the Fort Recovery Catholic Cluster). Reading from the Gospel of Matthew 19:14, Kahlig offered comfort to those in attendance.
“Trust in the Lord is the message of today, “ said Kahlig.
Homan continued the dedication by reading the name of each child honored on the Memorial Arch. Over 100 families were represented, with each child’s name and date of birth written upon small, medium and large colored tiles, in addition to names of parents, loved ones, and verses from Scripture.
A white ribbon was cut, officially opening the Memorial Park, followed by the distribution of colored roses to each family represented at the dedication. A reception of cookies and lemonade followed the events, as the Splash Pad area was cleared and the water turned on for all children in attendance to enjoy.
In February, 2017, Homan received a vision to establish a restaurant ministry and children’s memorial splash park in Osgood – a small community founded in 1880 on the outskirts of rural Darke County, Ohio. By December 2019, the Do Good Restaurant and Ministry opened its doors to the public, and in January, 2020, plans for the Children’s Memorial Park had begun. Although the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted many businesses state-wide, the ministry thrived and continued to develop the plans for the memorial arch and splash pad.
“I had just opened the (restaurant’s) doors in December, 2019, and in January (2020), the Holy Spirit said he would like to see the children here now,” said Homan. “I assumed it would be years from now, but His timing is perfect.”
Two additional Children’s Memorial towers are planned, as the ministry grows and expands. To learn more about the Do Good Restaurant and Ministry, located at 25 West Main Street in Osgood, or the Children’s Memorial Garden, please contact Karen Homan or Ashley Wendel at 419-582-GOOD (4663), or visit on the web at www.dogoodrm.com