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A Video from the Day of Hope at Bocek Park
I Can Do It Camp and Day of Hope
By: Erin O'Brien
I met eight year old Abigail when we were walking through her neighborhood in the Eastern District handing out fliers to invite kids to the I Can Do It Music and Arts Camp we were helping to run that week. She was sitting on her front step alone. As I walked up, I greeted her with a "Hi! How are you?" She was a little hesitant to respond at first, but interested to hear what I had to say. I handed her the flier and told her about the camp. Her face immediately lit up, and she asked if we would come and pick her up the nest day. Unfortunately, I had to tell her no, but said that the camp was just up the street and pointed in that direction. The next day Abigail came to the registration table. I asked where her parent/guardian was since they needed to sign her in. She said they were at work, and there was no one else to sign her in. I called her mom to ask permission for Abigail to come to camp and she said it was fine.
The next three days I looked forward to when Abigail would arrive to camp. She was able to be a kid and not worry about what she was going to do that day, or where she was going to get food from. She left with a huge smile on her face each day.
That Saturday we helped with The Day of Hope in the same neighborhood. This was a huge festival with all kinds of free services for the community. Everything from free food and groceries, activities for kids, health services, haircuts, and more! Abigail showed up, and I was happy to see her! She arrived without a parent again. My heart broke knowing that this littler girl is home alone most days as her parents are working to provide for the family, but I was glad for at least the four days we were in her neighborhood we could pour love onto her, and allow her to be a kid!