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Walt's Look Around: Camp Looking Glass

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GREENVILLE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There is a fundraiser going on this Saturday at Warfield Park, near Greenville, on the Mississippi River. The funds raised go to Camp Looking Glass. Both the park and the camp are worth supporting.

Warfield Park is about the best, most accessible view of the Mississippi River between Vicksburg and Memphis. 

During World War II it was a POW camp. Now it is a playground and a campground, and it will be the setting for the Warfield Riverfest this Saturday. 

A big reason for the fest is to showcase the park. But it is ALSO to raise money for Camp Looking Glass. 

The name Camp Looking Glass is an allusion to the imaginary fairy tale world ‘behind the looking glass.' And for a week each summer, that fairy tale becomes a real place for children and young adults who have disabilities. Susan Shamoon of Greenville explains.

"Give children and young adults with disabilities who are normally excluded from a lot of life-social events, we try to give them an inclusion in those events," said Susan Shamoon of Camp Looking Glass. "Be it going to a water park, getting into a swimming pool, being able to run a race with somebody pushing their wheel chair. It gives them the ability to participate in activities that they normally they don't have a chance to participate in."

Up until now, Camp Looking Glass was held just one week a year at LeRoy Percy State Park. But now, 12 acres of land has been donated to the camp, and the fund raiser is to help build buildings and buy equipment for what will be a full-time, year-round camp. 

Hal Holbrook of Greenville has a child who attends and sees the need for such a camp.

"Its very difficult for families with children with disabilities because it's not a whole lot out there for them to do and to be included in the community and Camp Looking Glass works to identify children's abilities and not their disabilities," said Holbrook.

And by the way, Camp Looking Glass is free to the participants and to their families. Another reason for the Riverfest Fundraiser, to be able to serve more children and young adults. And at the same time for everyone to discover Warfield Park and have a good time.

This Saturday on the River in Greenville; all the money raised goes to Camp Looking Glass, and WILL Make A big Difference in the lives of some young people who have a lot to give in return.

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