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Liberty House event a hit with children

Luvs-A-Lot the clown entertains Minnichi Lang, 5, and Jaliyah Thomas, 10, as he creates a balloon figure during the Liberty House community event Saturday at Tift Park.

Luvs-A-Lot the clown entertains Minnichi Lang, 5, and Jaliyah Thomas, 10, as he creates a balloon figure during the Liberty House community event Saturday at Tift Park.

ALBANY, Ga. — A fun day in Tift Park awaited parents and children Saturday morning, compliments of Liberty House.

To let people know they are there and they care, the staff of the organization promoted a collaboration with the community to raise awareness and end domestic violence.

There were games, a bouncy house, hot dogs, candy and a visit from that funny clown Luvs-A-Lot to top off the festivities. The first 100 parents and children received bags of pencils, pens, paper, crayons and school supplies for attending.

From of a busload of parents and children attending from the Turner Job Corps, Tamara Ball and her daughter, Jadell, thought the day was a good idea. “This is just a good activity for the kids,” Ball said. “We just know they (Liberty House) are doing good things.”

While a group of children shot basketball to win bags of candy, Luvs-A-Lot couldn’t be missed with his orange hair and outfit. As he moved among groups of children who followed him he dispensed lollipops to the kids.

“Can I have a candy?” said Marchelle Cunningham, a parent there with London O’Connor, her daughter.

Luvs-A-Lot answered, “You can have a candy, but I’m giving all the lollipops to children.”

It was difficult to tell who or what was the bigger hit at the event, the clown, his candy or the balloon animal after balloon animal he crafted and gave to the children.

Usually the staff at Liberty house deals with families in the middle of a crisis or abuse. Saturday, they got to spread the love around and remind people they are there if needed.

“This is part of our outreach for the child and family advocate office,” said Silke Deely, Liberty House executive director. “There are still families out there that might need to know about us.”