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Save A Child organization working to impact lives on Peoria's southside

PEORIA, Ill - Food, fun and plenty of love happened at the corner of Western and Howlett Avenue. The Save A Child organization’s goal is to do just that, save children’s lives. Sunday the organization’s block party drew dozens out of their homes to mix and mingle.

“We have to get these children knowing one another,” said Save A Child’s founder Forrest Holcomb. “On south end we're supposed to be that village to help raise these kids.”

5 years ago Holcumb’s son Christopher killed himself. Since then Holcomb has devoted his time, efforts, and money to outreach.

Now health issues are causing him to sit down and his daughter Faith Parker plan’s to keep running with the torch.

“I just want to keep them motivated,” Parker said, “Continue to keep them out the streets, mentor, tutor, and college prep.”

After seeing her brother kill himself Parker says it was imperative that she continue to carry out her father’s vision.

“My brother didn’t have this,” Parker continued. “So I want to be able to help somebody else.”

*Faith and Forrest's last names have been corrected.

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