TOLEDO, Ohio — Beating the heat will be a mission for many this weekend.

And WTOL 11 is helping out by co-sponsoring Summer Splash 2019, presented by Andrew Cares.

The free swim event for area youth is Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. at Willys Pool. That's off Jackman and Hillcrest Avenue in west Toledo. Kids of all ages are invited to attend and keep cool. The event features tons of entertainment and FREE stuff, including food and even books for every child. You can find even more information on the Andrew Cares Facebook page.

"We believe during the summer time, reading is very important," said Randal Parker III, Read for Literacy Program Coordinator. "Reading to us is like exercise, so the more exercise the more you gain muscles, and we believe the more you read – the more you sharpen your literacy skills."

Andrew Cares is a nonprofit founded by WTOL's Andrew Kinsey, designed to equip inner-city youth with the tools and skills they need to succeed.

A message from Andrew: 

Andrew Cares is a non-profit I founded three years ago. It's designed to help disadvantaged inner city youth.

During the year, we provide book bags, school clothes, school supplies, holiday meals and mentoring to students. This is a grassroots effort, with funding from individual contributions - no federal or state money goes toward this effort.  

We believe a child's opportunity to succeed, should not be limited by his or her family's financial status.

The purpose of the event Saturday is to allow kids to BEAT THE HEAT and simply be kids, and not worry about paying for anything. EVERYTHING is FREE! 

In addition to FREE swimming, the kids will enjoy free food, drinks, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, and crafts. Health partners of Northwest Ohio will hand out important info and oral hygiene kits. The United Way is giving every child a FREE book - to keep them mentally engaged as we approach the new school year. Oh ... did I mention FREE horse rides and a visit by Toledo police and fire? Hope to see you there!