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National organization’s Purple Day raises awareness, funds for kids

Royal Family Kids volunteers and supporters Camille Roehlk, in sunglasses, and Zanessa Kastler, in wig, participate along with some local school children in Purple Day Wednesday afternoon to remind people about the needs of abused, neglected and abandoned children. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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They also enjoy some free ice cream at Classics Frozen Custard on North Main Street while also collecting toys to be given to children that attend free summer camp in New Mexico and are honored with a birthday celebration, for some their first birthday parties ever.

Royal Family Kids also collected clothes and supplies at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club during Purple Day, with other fundraising and awareness events scheduled.

The national organization has existed for 30 years, according to assistant director Tabitha Denny, and has operated in Roswell for four years for the purpose of sending abused children to camp and letting “kids be kids” for at least a week out of their year.

Last year 53 children attended, Denny said, and the organization plans on providing for camp experiences for 60 to 75 children this year.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.