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Community Matters: Aviators Helping Children

Four years ago Tyfnae Benz and her husband left their home in downtown Little Rock and moved into a low income apartment complex off Colonel Glenn Road to help children.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Tyfnae Benz walks around the complex gathering up children.

"We knock on doors and like I said we live here so we know, we know where the kids are," says Aviators Founder Tyfane Benz.

Four years ago Benz and her husband left their home in downtown Little Rock and moved into a low income apartment complex off Colonel Glenn Road.

"I think especially when it comes to loving people who are poor there is a tendency to kinda want to love at a distance," says Benz.

But Benz wanted them to be her neighbors.

"Poor people especially children need someone to love them," says Benz.

Benz and her husband started a non-profit called Aviators that works to end generational poverty by urging kids to dream big.

One of her volunteers is Sarah Ferguson.

"I think it's as rewarding to me as it is to the kids," says Ferguson

Their reading program is just one of many ways Aviators hopes to enrich the lives of kids in the neighborhood.

"I believe that I have a responsibility to love my neighbor as I love myself," says Benz.

It's a lesson Benz is teaching her own children, choosing to raise them here, a place where difficult situations create the opportunity to make a profound impact.

If you would like to serve or give to Aviators, click here to visit their Facebook page.

Check donations can be made to Vine and Village, and mailed to Aviators, 6420 Colonel Glenn Road Suite 1, Little Rock, 72204.

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