Wednesday, October 19, 2016

• Tragedy Hits Local Family

There is a kind hearted woman I've known for about three years, that has done a lot for the community. Her name is April Watkins and you've read her name in this blog several times before.
April Watkins with the microphone, Kenneth, and Dana DeJong during a Lights On Afterschool event in 2015.

She is very involved with Think Together, an after school program, at Wildomar Elementary. 

She also helped spearhead last year's Great Day of Service II, where many volunteers came together to help upgrade the Wildomar Elementary campus. 

Below is a video montage of the day and the campus' transformation. There are a few images of April beginning at the three minute mark.
Yesterday she got the news that no parent would ever want to receive. Her son was dead, and more distressing than that alone, it was at his own hands.

The Watkins family is of modest means and a GoFundMe page has been started on their behalf by Wildomar Mayor Bridgette Moore to cover burial costs.

If you're one that is usually skeptical about donating to causes because you don't know where the money is going, or it's for something that isn't local, please visit the GoFundMe page and consider donating a few dollars.

Link to GoFundMe page.

Below is what you'll find at the GoFundMe page.
My name is Bridgette Moore and I'm starting this campaign for the Watkins Family. I met April Watkins 12 years ago when her two sons, Lavious and Tyler, were in the Cub Scouts with my son.

On October 18, 2016,  April's oldest son, Lavious Brendan Watkins took his own life.  Lavious has a one-year old little girl.

This campaign will be used for the funeral expenses and to help the Watkins family through this difficult time.

Any amount of donation is appreciated. This is such an unexpected loss. The family is devastated. Prayers are needed and appreciated too. Lavious is survived by his father Lavious (Woogie) Watkins, his mother April Hueftle Watkins and his three younger siblings, Tyler, Christianna and Sunny and his daughter Scarlett Watkins.

Thank you all for your support!

I am not receiving any of the donations. All donations will be given directly to the Watkins Family.

Help spread the word!

LINK to GoFundMe Page
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In the midst of life, we're in the midst of death. In the midst of joy we, we are in the midst of sorrow. In the midst of victory, we're in the midst of defeat.

— E.G. Marshall (CBSRMT), 1914-1998

Wildomar Rap is heartbroken for the Watkins family, and has no clever sayings at such a dreadful time.

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