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Riverfront Festival - Saturday, April 21

Area residents are invited to join Community Renewal and sponsor Red Ball Oxygen on the Shreveport riverfront Saturday, April 21, for the annual Maggie Lee Henson Celebration of Caring.

Maggie Lee Henson Celebration of Caring
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21
Where: Barnwell Center, downtown Shreveport riverfront, 601 Clyde Fant Parkway
What: Free picnic lunch, live music, games for children, and much more
How much: Free
Information: 318-425-3222

The fun event brings area residents and organizations together from many neighborhoods to celebrate our common bond of caring. Activities include a free picnic lunch, live music, games for children, face-painting and much more.

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m. on the riverfront, outside the Barnwell Center, 601 Clyde Fant Parkway.
One person in the community will be honored with the Caring Angel Award, to recognize their caring for and service to others. Nominations are being accepted through April 6. Visit www.communityrenewal.us for more information.

Entries in the Celebration of Caring coloring contest will be displayed at the Barnwell Center. The coloring contest is open to ages 4-8 and has fun prizes for the winners. Visit www.facebook.com/communityrenewal to download a copy of the picture. Send it back to CRI by April 18.

The annual event is named in honor of Maggie Lee Henson, one of two young people who died after a bus taking youth from First Baptist Church Shreveport to a summer camp crashed in 2009. Only 12 when she died, Maggie Lee had a profound impact on those around her with her caring and generous spirit.

  • Maggie Lee from a young age was very demonstrative with her faith. She heard Jesus' words about loving other people and did it,” said her mother, Jinny Henson.
  • Caring is contagious and there are opportunities everywhere for us to practice loving others as we love ourselves. The Celebration of Caring Event will hopefully spawn even more good deeds, because once you give sacrificially, expecting nothing in return, you are never the same. And that change can't help but change our city, country and world."
    One purpose of the Celebration of Caring is to reinforce our common bond of caring for one another.
  • When caring persons get connected with one another, we raise our own perception of our community as a good place to live. The more we become connected, the better our community becomes,” said Tom Watts, director of the Renewal Team for Community Renewal.
  • Sponsor Red Ball Oxygen funds and provides personnel who work with other volunteers to make the Celebration of Caring the best event it can be.

    Community Renewal International is a nonprofit effort to restore safe and healthy communities through caring relationships. Founded in 1994, Community Renewal reaches at-risk youth through Friendship Houses built in impoverished neighborhoods, strengthens education through the Adult Renewal Academy, partners with The Fuller Center for Housing and connects caring partners who turn their neighborhoods into safe havens of friendship and support. Learn more at www.communityrenewal.us.

    Contact: David Westerfield, director of communications
    (318) 425-3222