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Parkview Apartment Management and Seeker Springs Encampment unite to send kids to camp

Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 7:06 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) -You can hear the fun and excitement in their voices as the kids from Parkview Apartments load into the buses. They are onboard to having the time of their life, courtesy their apartment managers and Seeker Springs Encampment.

Parkview/Trishell Apartments manager Tamieka Holmes was excited that they had this opportunity and hopes to make a valuable influence in their lives.

“I’m hoping that the impact gives them something positive to do and something to look at and I don’t have to do everything that goes on in Parkview, that I can actually get a chance to go out and teach another kid how to swim, or teach another child how to fish, or how to hunt, or how to do arts and crafts.”

Through song and laughter, the kids were allowed to just be kids thanks to community donations made to the camp.

Terry Slawson, executive director of Seeker Springs, says it’s an opportunity to give these kids a picture of hope.

“Where it’s a safe place just to, just to, relax and be a kid and have a great time together, with kids maybe from another state or another place in life. Uh, man. I hope they go back with just a renewed sense of hope and vision.”

The kids got a chance to dive right into the fun at camp and had activities such as swimming and crafts. One volunteer grew up in Parkview and knows how important these opportunities are for the future.

Krishelle McFarland, who has been going to the Seeker Springs camp from Parkview since she was six, remembers times when she was younger.

“I really didn’t have a childhood. I was a mommy of all the crew like I am now. Mostly help a lot.”

And she now hopes to give these kids a life-changing experience that will impact theirs.

“I want to give the kids the childhood I didn’t have. I want them to experience more, to learn more out of Parkview. To seek into the lord. To give them hope, strength, guidance.”

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