October 2016 - Special Kids in Murfreesboro, TN.
We were so excited to partner with Special Kids in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. When partnering with other organizations we find out what their needs are to better serve and do more good in the community. The first thing we were able to do was join them in brining volunteers to help out with the Middle Half Marathon and help raise $1,200 for Special Kids! We were so honored to be a part of putting medals on those crossing the finish line while helping Special Kids.
Special Kids offers all different types of therapy for infants though 26 years of age. One of their greatest needs was to fill a Feeding Therapy Pantry for these kids. These specific foods are used to teach different textures & swallowing among many other things. There were two private schools that got involved and had a food drive for these specific foods. Thank you Sunrise Tutorial and Kingdom Kids for helping us over flow the Feeding Therapy Panty! Thank you to all who kept donating food and filling our van to bless these wonderful kids and therapists.
Food for Families
Many of the families who have special needs children are all to often financially effected. Special Kids does not turn anyone away for their inability to pay! Local Initiative was able to provide groceries to FIVE families in need. We had fresh veggies, meat, cereal, pasta, cheese and LOTS more for these ever so deserving families. Each family was surprised with bags of groceries when their picked up their children that day.
Annex Work Day
The final volunteer day we had with Special Kids was to spruce up their annex building. This is where all the behind the scene magic happens. Without a space to plan and prepare nothing would be possible. We took a group of volunteers and cut down trees around wires, pull up bushes and paint...LOTS OF PAINT!
While working in the Annex building we all noticed these awesome painting throughout the building. We found out kids that were using Art Therapy painted all of these. This particular one was painted by a girl who loved art. She had to have both hands amputated and thought she would not be able to paint again. The Art Therapist at the time had tools modified and was able to bring art back into her life. These paintings are so special and we just had to share one of them with you.
It was wonderful to partner with such an amazing organization who was so thankful for what Local Initiative was able to do. A huge THANK YOU to the wonderful staff at Special Kids in welcoming us in and to all of our donor and volunteers that made this month possible. Want to learn more about what Special Kids offers? Could you use their services? Please visit their website to learn more www.specialkidstn.com