- Ronald Oswalt
Shreveport, LA. – Saturday night was not your typical fundraiser in Shreveport as Roy’s Kids held their Inaugural Roy’s Kids Night of Hope and Memories Dinner & Auction at the Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club.
Roy’s Kids is a local charity based in Shreveport, Louisiana that serves the Shreveport-Bossier City area, and their workers serve on a volunteer basis. Roy’s Kids have donors who adopt families and children, as well as those who help with their Christmas donations. The volunteers do the Christmas shopping, gift wrapping and delivery in time for area kids to enjoy the wonderful Christmas they wouldn’t otherwise have.
Attendee Murray Twyman noted, “This event was extremely exciting, but the best part is the children that benefit from all the people here tonight that want to make a difference in our youth.”
The group is known for making Christmas brighter for area youth, but they also work year-round to collect school supplies, sponsor birthday parties, host an annual 5K and Block Party.
Roy’s Kids staffer Keith Dillard added, “What a great time with great friends in support of our organization that helps so many kids and families in our community.
Owner/Director Michael Sean Powell is the youngest son of a single mother who struggled to raise two sons on her own. He watched his mother work double shifts and multiple jobs to provide for her family, but money was always scarce. Christmas was a bleak time with few gifts and an absent mother who would keep working during the holiday to support her family. Christmas is always a less joyous time for kids like Mike and his brother Roy, who died several years ago.
In his brother’s memory, Mike created Roy’s Kids in 2010 to help single parents with limited income. The goal is to support kids in the Shreveport, Louisiana community as much as possible so they can have a happy childhood. They don’t want children to feel left out due to financial difficulties. Roy’s Kids also collaborates with other charities throughout the year on various events to help underprivileged children.
Group Director Michael Sean Powell said, “I was unsure how many would show, but with an attendance of over 150 plus raising thousands of dollars through the auctions tonight it surpassed my wildest dreams. The people of Shreveport/Bossier City never disappoint and always support not just our group but others in our community. We serve hundreds of children each year and this is just great how others stepped up to make these dreams come true. We’ll do whatever it takes to help as many children as possible have the fun childhood they deserve.”
The group is always in need of support, for more information visit them at www.royskids.com. All volunteers go through a strict qualification process before they are accepted into the program. Call (318) 218-1716 now to find out how you can support the charity.