Tuesday, November 28, 2023
For Those Taken Today.
For Those Yesterday.
For Those Tomorrow.
We Will Not Give Up The
Fight to End Gun Violence.
We have seen firsthand the tragedy of gun violence and the impact it has had on our family and the community. I’m Wyndolyn Smith Adams and the Trevarland Foundation was established in honor of my son, Trevarland Smith. The purpose is to provide education and awareness of the gun violence statistics and challenges that affect communities today.
The focus of the Trevarland Foundation is to help the community cope with a transitioning society in the face of tragedies from gun violence through participation in awareness campaigns, connecting through the outdoors and providing support for families. Communities that heal together will grow stronger together and when individuals feel connected, they care more.
We believe that through education and awareness:
individuals can feel connected
communities can heal and be transformed
families can grow through activities outdoors
Lives Can Be Saved
It’s not about making things better quicker but transforming.
AWARENESS | COMMUNITY | OUTDOORS
Trevarland, Trevar, Box or Box Turtle, as he’s known by his family and friends, was murdered due to gun violence, on June 22nd, 2018, at the age of 34. While I moved to Little Rock to pursue my education, Trevar spent his early years, until age seven, with his grandmother, Jewel, and his uncle, Ronald (Unc). They called him Box partly due to his youth (husky) and partly due to an infamous experience with a box turtle, but regardless, he would answer. The family, community and culture helped to shape the morals, values, and traditions that he grew to love and enjoy. No matter where he was, he always considered Wabbaseka home.
He loved his family, his friends, his community and the outdoors. Trevar attended McClellan High School and gained his Diploma through Arkansas Department of Education. He loved doing things hands on and attained his associate in Heating & Air through Pulaski Technical College. He had an entrepreneurial spirit and showed that through his Pressure Washing business and other opportunities. He also enjoyed driving coast to cost during this truck driving career.
Trevar spent countless time hunting, fishing, hanging out with his friends, and sharing that infectious laugh under the family tree. Sometimes you’ll still see them parked under the tree :). He also had a special love and enjoyment for children.
Trevarland, 'Box', was taken from us far too soon, due to gun violence, a senseless act that could have been prevented.
While our lives have been forever changed through this tragedy, I want to simply help others through healing of the community from this life altering experience. The movement to raise gun violence awareness is very important to me, and for my family, and we want to show that we all play a vital role in ending gun violence.
Our motivation is to use our tragedy, our pain, to help the next family, individuals to feel connected and the next community to heal.
There is POWER in the PAUSE, pause, and SAVE a life.