You know how you give the fruit cake you receive at Christmas from your Aunt Bertha to someone else? Well Lori’s Voice is guilty of the same thing. Only the thing we "re-gifted" was a beautiful handicap accessible van.
An anonymous donor recently donated to Lori’s Voice a nearly new handicapped accessible van that his family no longer needed. When you consider the value of such a gift is in the $40,000 - $50,000 range we were shocked by the generosity of the donor.
He had observed the work we do with special needs children and concluded that we would put this gift to work in a meaningful way. His only instruction was to re-gift it to a family that really needed it.
So we set about doing just that. The Board reviewed all of the families that had applied to us for assistance in purchasing a handicap equipped van. From that group we made the difficult decision of selecting one.
Not an easy choice or one we took lightly. This scale of gift is a game changer – a real life altering event - we were careful in our choice. I think we found the right family and decided to surprise the Dean family.
Giving a vehicle is a pretty big deal. FOX17 set them up for an "interview" and Clock Conversions (a provider of handicap adapted vehicles) let us use their facility. Our Board members, friends, some kids and grandkids were there to make the surprise complete.
Realizing they had a new van was quite the shock to Troy & Amy Dean and their children.
Clock then treated us all to a wonderful lunch and the Dean family drove away all smiles. Special thanks to FOX17, Clock Conversions and of course to the generous donor who made this all possible. It would be fun to do this every week!
Meet April, We recently were able to pick up the RGO's for April and WOW!! She was so excited to get her new RGO's. We can't thank you enough for your help in purchasing them. April is using her RGO's at school, in the home and in the community. We usually go to our local Walmart every weekend for a walking shopping trip.
The orthotics made the back extra high for her since she cannot wear her TLSO at the same time. The RGO's fit beautifully and allow her to walk, sit with them on when needing a rest and return to walking or standing.
We are so pleased to get her upright and walking again.
Putting smiles on kids faces is what we are all about at Lori's Voice!
Yes it is that time of year again. Many people think of the Holiday season as a time of giving, and of course it is. But for Lori’s Voice we are in the giving spirit all year long. The smiling faces we see on the kids we have helped make it look like Christmas morning all year long. Reading this blog will give you a feeling for the variety of assistance we have provided in the last few months.
An elevated seat for a wheelchair, lumber for a handicap ramp, a specialized stroller, assistance in purchasing a handicap van, an iPad, a lift chair – we could go on and on. Lori’s Voice continues to touch the lives of many special needs children, as well as their families, thanks to your generous support.