Eyes on Wellsville: Providing kids with fun, safe activities

WELLSVILLE — Proving fun and safe festivities for youth is the mission for Eyes on Wellsville.

Founded seven years ago by Kari Daniel, Eyes on Wellsville fills the void of child friendly events, offering activities for Wellsville’s youth.

“When I first started it was to help keep kids off drugs, because of all of the overdoses, and then it switched to giving them something to do,” said Daniel, Eyes on Wellsville president.

The group of about 10 core volunteers offer a number of youth oriented events each year. Eyes on Wellsville coordinates a toy drive, a community Thanksgiving dinner, and an Easter egg hunt.

“We try to keep it local and get the kids going,” said Jennifer Tate, Eyes on Wellsville vice president.

Currently they are working on the seventh annual haunted trail, held in Hammond Park. The trail is set for Oct. 26 and it is the kick off to the toy drive. It is a free event, but Eyes on Wellsville requests a toy or small monetary donation is brought for the toy drive. Their goal for the evening of the trail is to fill the bed of a pickup truck with toys.

Before the trail opens up there will be a hayride and pumpkin painting for younger kids. Children and parents will be able to sign a waiver and go through the trail as many times as they want. The hayride will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the trail running from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Eyes on Wellsville tries to entertain and positively influence Wellsville’s youth while offering the community events. They receive funding through fundraisers and donations, and they use those funds to serve children and families in Wellsville.

“We’ve actually gotten a few of the older kids straightened out, they can do there community service with us, and we try to mentor the kids without telling them what to do,” said Tate.