Thursday night’s shooting of a six-year-old girl was on the minds of many at a Boys Town event on Friday.
The north Omaha community celebrated the return of Boys Town a year ago. An office opened in the Ames Plaza but the grand opening celebration took place on Friday.
Boys Town put on a full-blown party with food, balloons and face-painting but just beyond the atmosphere of celebration were thoughts of the little six-year-old girl who was shot the day before.
Lana Ellis has five children. She heard about the shooting and is concerned.
“It's very sad to hear about the little girl and it makes me worry about my kids,” she said. “And I try to keep them involved in the community so we can avoid things like that from happening."
Boys Town is on hand to help with a new office in Ames Plaza. Last year Boys Town helped more than 1,100 children in the area, many without leaving their home or the community.
Fr. Steven Boes said, “Everybody knows what the problems are. We had a six-year-old girl shot on her birthday and I think that kind of tragedy, we all need to come together we need to reach out."
Boys Town plans to reach out by bringing 14 community organizations into their office allowing them to connect families with community resources. It’s something Boys Town has done before, "and Boys Town is coming back in from the suburbs, getting into the community. We were here for a long time with father Flanagan High. We want to be a good, helpful presence in North Omaha again."
The experts at Boys Town can go inside the home and help families prevent problems or help bring families back together if they are currently dealing with problems.