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Kites for Kids

Kites for Kids

By Shannon Myres, Correspondent

The weather on Saturday delivered excellent conditions for kite flying and fun outdoor activities at the fourth annual Variety’s Kites for Kids event.  The free community event was hosted by Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.    

The annual community event provided families with numerous activities from kite flying, train rides, face painting, bouncy houses, arcade, a candy bar, movie theatre, miniature golf, to appearances from superheroes, and several other happenings and prizes.  

Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children is located on 120 acres providing various amenities and activities throughout the year that are accessible for children of all abilities.  Variety’s mission is to empower children with special needs throughout Texas.  

Variety, the Children’s Charity of Texas is a non-profit organization.  Variety does not receive federal or state funding, they rely on local individuals and organizations for supporting their efforts in providing their much needed services.

Kites for Kids is a highly anticipated event for Peaceable Kingdom.  Kites for Kids allows Peaceable Kingdom to give thanks to the community they serve.  

“It’s all about having fun and as a way of saying thank you to the community for their continued support,” said Samantha Roberts, volunteer coordinator and administrative assistant for Peaceable Kingdom Retreat.  

Variety also offers direct financial assistance, medical procedures, mobility equipment, therapy, and other support services for the families of children with special needs, serving over 5,000 children each year.  

“It is amazing to be a part of all the work they do,” said Nelson Walker, volunteer coordinator with 9th Air Support Operations Squadron and the retreat.  Walker, along with the several volunteers proudly wore their “Ask Me” buttons and blue shirts, while assisting with the many activities.

One of the biggest smiles at the event was worn by Maggie Mars, one of the winners of the kite flying contests.  “I was so excited to fly my kite,” said Mars.  

For the Mars’ family, this was their first time attending Kites for Kids.  The Mars’ family greatly enjoyed the variety of events Peaceable Kingdom offered and hopes to come back next year.  “It was awesome, super fun,” said Maggie’s mother, Kelly Mars, resident of Harker Heights.   

For my information on Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom’s programs volunteer opportunities, and events, visit or call 254-554-5555.


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