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Rally, Petition Created to Stop the Eviction on Parkwood Farms

A rally will be held at the therapy center on Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. Donations are also being accepted.

Snellville has once again shown itself to be compassionate and caring, as you all have rallied around Dr. Marilyn Peterson and Parkwood Farms. 

Citizens and public officials, including Mayor Kelly Kautz and State Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick, have reached out to show their concern and offer advice. 

After dozens of phone calls and emails, the following action plans have been put into place by concerned citizens. 

First, on Monday, Nov. 12, a press conference will be held at the Farm. This is also a time for people to stop by and show their support. 

“These beautiful children deserve a place to go where they can interact like other children, if, just for a little while," said Renn McClintic-Doyle, who sent her son Chris to Parkwood after no one would accept him, according to a recent press release. “The horseback riding helped him bond to the horses, and slowly he began to transfer that positive behavior to his daily life. Parkwood Farms has been a real life saver for Chris.”

Second, a petition is circulating the web designed to stop the eviction on Dr. Peterson's home and therapy center. You can sign it and find out more here. The petition is designed to raise awareness and show community support. Once it has enough signatures, it will brought to the attention of the bank.

As of 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, over 120 people had signed the petition. (Update: as of 10 a.m. Sunday, there are nearly 1,200 signatures.)

You can also donate to Parkwood Farms through PayPal. (The link to their PayPal account is on the right side of their website.) 

If you sign the petition, tell us in the comments!

Snellville Patch will continue to update this story as more information is made available. 

For further reading:

  • Parkwood Farms Faces Imminent Eviction
Tom Witts November 10, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Parkwood Farms does great things for children facing physical, mental, or emotional challenges in their life. Doctor Peterson is the leader of this fine organization and she who helps so many needs our help. Please sign the petition to help prevent the eviction of the institution from its current location. Better yet, get on pay pal and send a donation to hep them out of their current financial stress. You'll feel good about yourself, and you'll be helping a truly worthwhile cause. Tom Witts Snellville City Council
Sarah November 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Parkwood Farms makes such a tremendous difference in so many lives. Now is YOUR chance to make a difference in their lives too by helping save the farm! So little could mean so much. Sarah Johnson
Jamie Dempsey November 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I've worked with Parkwood Farms on several projects over the last few years, and let me tell you- the work they do is AMAZING. There have been children who were diagnosed with autism, who, after equestrian treatment were REDIAGNOSED at a much higher level, even to the point where some were considered to NOT be autistic. And parents- to see a lady cry during her child's appointment, because that hour was THE ONLY REPRIEVE the lady has had from being "on the spot" with her child. . . it breaks your heart, and blesses you at the same time. I'd like to encourage all of you to sign the petition, donate funds if you can, or show up as a show of support for the rally. It really IS worth it. . . Jamie Dempsey President, Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce President, Moosehead Marketing Solutions
marlene buchanan November 11, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I encourage everyone to support Marilyn and Parkwood Farms. The work the center does is phenominal. This is one of the best run centers and is certainly focused on helping not only the disabled person but also the family members. Add a few feathers to your angel wings and help out a not-for-profit organization that does a great deal of good.
Becky November 12, 2012 at 01:56 PM
How horrible. I signed. Best of luck.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) November 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Over 1,700 signatures now.
Kathy November 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Signed the petition. Good luck with this worthwhile organization!
B Darsey November 13, 2012 at 05:42 AM
I signed, I am appalled over this situation. HSBC is headquartered in London and is the 3rd LARGEST BANK IN THE WORLD! It is also the 6th largest company in the world! Talk about "David and Goliath" ! ....but you know numbers have power too. I'm trying to put this on signon.org or move on.org. It has the potential for 100,000's Of signatures. The position of the bank in the world can be used as an advantage! BDarsey

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