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Harker Heights Evening Star
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Special needs center holds 5th annual Kites for Kids event

Special needs center holds 5th annual Kites for Kids event

Evening Star

Sara Escobar

At Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, the goal is to empower children with special needs all throughout Texas. Last Saturday, March 18, this special needs camp in Killeen held their annual community event for disabled children and their families. This facility is a program of Variety, The Children’s Charity of Texas, which strives to serve children who are less fortunate – children who live and grow up with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage.

The weekend’s event, dubbed “Kites for Kids” took place at their Killeen location, 19051 FM 2484, from 1 to 4 p.m.

This year’s Kite for Kids event was the 5th one held by the center. According to the program facilitator, Gabrielle Streiff, this year’s event was the most successful by far.

_MG_3038“About 1,050 people attended this year’s event, compared to about 800 the year before; it was a huge success. The weather was beautiful, sunny with just enough wind to fly kites at our field, and everyone seemed to be having a great time,” says Strieff, who went on to note the various activities that took place throughout the day. “We offered a ton of activities: kite-flying, kite contests, mini-golf, barrel train rides, face painting, balloon twisting, bounce houses, a candy bar, free ice-cream, popcorn, and drinks, a food truck selling BBQ, arcade games, and more!” The event was free and open to the public as a way to thank the community for its continued support.

Variety, the Children’s Charity of Texas delivers three core programs to provide a “future without limits” for every child, regardless of background or ability. According to their official website, Variety’s Care Program delivers critical life-saving medical equipment and healthcare services to individual children and children’s health organizations. Vital life-changing equipment and services for mobility, independence and social inclusion to individuals is also offered by the charity. Lastly, they provide crucial life-enriching communication equipment and services, education practices and self-esteem building.

The Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children was established in 1984, originally as a fishing camp for children with different illnesses; now that the company has expanded, there are various weekend programs and camps the retreat offers. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 254 554 5555.

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