For the 21st year running, the Fishers Freedom Festival will once again be supporting a Food Drive to benefit the Good Samaritan program which services Fishers and other Hamilton County towns and cities.  A member of the Fishers Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts will deliver a door hanger to your home in Fishers a few weeks prior to the Fishers Freedom Festival to remind you to bring non-perishable food and/or new school supplies to the Fishers Freedom Festival. In addition, the Festival will accept new toys, books, puzzles, games, and new or gently used clothing for all ages.  Donations will also be collected by the Scouts during the main parade.

The items we will be collecting are as follows: canned food, baby food, nonperishable goods, disposable diapers, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. The Food Drive Tent will be set up in the parking lot of Roy Holland Memorial Park where items can also be dropped off or placed in the Kroger grocery carts that will be placed throughout the park. Suggested admission to the Arts and Craft Vendors, Street Dance and the Fireworks display is canned goods and other items for the Food Drive and the School Supply Drive.
For the ninth year we will be collecting at the Food Drive Tent NEW backpacks and school supplies. The Fishers Freedom Festival initiated this new program in 2000 called “The Roy Holland Backpack for Kids Program.” Since the inception of this program over 1,500 backpacks have been distributed to HSE students. The Festival Committee will be collecting backpacks and school supplies for students in the Hamilton Southeastern School District. “There is a need for these items,” stated Jennifer Kehl, Executive Director of the Festival.
School supplies needed are new backpacks, 3″ binders, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, calculators, pencils, pens, erasers, notebook dividers, boxes of thin color markers, colored pencils, assorted color folders and pencil pouches.

“Sometimes we fail to realize that we do have families that need assistance in our school district and it can be a hardship on these families to provide what their children need to start school,” Jennifer said. “Roy Holland was an inspiration to me and to everyone who came in contact with him. There is not a better way I can think of to show our appreciation to him for the things he taught us than by naming this important program after him. He would have liked this idea, I am sure of it,” Jennifer stated.
Roy was involved in many of the Fishers Freedom Festival activities.  He served as the liaison between the Festival Committee and the Fishers Town Council.  In 1999, the festival committee unanimously chose Roy to be its Grand Marshal of the festival.  Due to an illness that required hospitalization, Roy was crushed that he was unable to participate in the festivities.  Although he was unable to participate in body, we know he was there in spirit.  Roy G Holland passed away three days after the festival while serving his last term on the Town Council on June 30, 1999.  Roy served as a Town Councilman for the betterment of the Town of Fishers and its residents from 1978 through his untimely death in 1999.  He unquestionably counted those years as a privilege because he was truly in love with his wife, his family, and the Town of Fishers.

This program was created in his memory and lasting legacy by his grandson, Robert Holland.