FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Some Fort Wayne kids spent Saturday hula-hooping, playing games, and getting to know other kids at an event put on by a former Vincent Village resident.
Rolandreia Lewis has always wanted to provide a safe, fun place for kids to go. She's an aunt, but her role is bigger than that.
"I had to stop what I wanted to do so, that way I could make sure that my nieces and nephew that I care for, that I have legal guardianship of, that they were okay," she said.
Lewis and her family moved into Vincent Village last winter and stayed for four months. She said, with their help, she's in the second phase of the shelter's program.
"They became like a family to me. It made me feel like I have a huge family," Lewis said.
Getting back on her feet was the perfect time to launch her 'Love the kids' project, giving kids a place to go on Saturdays to get the creative juices flowing.
"We don't need YouTube. We don't need all these other social media sites to keep a kid focused," Lewis said.
Kids like John Gunther said they would be at home alone if it weren't for the project.
"You can't spend your whole summer in the house alone, so you might as well come out with friends and family, you know," Gunther said.
With a heat advisory this weekend, Lewis made sure to incorporate ways to keep the kids cool, too.
"I have frozen water balloons, so when the kids get hot, or they say that they're hot, I'm going to give them frozen water balloons to be able to keep their temperature under control."
This summer long event also features free books and clothes for the kids.
'Love the kids' runs every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the corner of Anthony and Eckart. All are welcome to attend.
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