Throughout the year Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region receives gifts. These are meaningful and help clients reach their goal of maximum independence. They can be physical gifts such as the opening of the Autism Diagnostic Clinic or our new Lite Gait which was made possible by St. Charles North High School. Let’s also remember the running club that trained four kids from our center to run our 5K Run for the Kids in May. Let’s not forget about the Annual Benefit Gala! We received so many gifts from our generous donors that regal night!
My favorite gifts are from the volunteers. They help us, and our clients give them something special in return. ESDFVR started a class for boys who use assistive augmentative communication devices, and Sam Williams, the director of this group, needed a helping hand. One of our regular volunteers wanted to branch out and try working with individuals who use devices to communicate. She was hesitant at first because she had never worked with individuals who used technology to communicate. However, after a couple classes, she felt comfortable and now looks forward to it every week!
Last, but certainly not least, is our dedicated staff. Cassandra Salinas, the volunteer manager sums up everything Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region does throughout the year when she states, “I am thankful to be able to come to work each day and see “firsts” happen or even “miracles” that were never supposed to happen. I am thankful to be surrounded by people who make this happen! I consider these a gift”.
I am honored and consider it a privilege to be able to write for this organization. I look forward to writing for you in 2013, but this is it for 2012. Merry Christmas, happy holidays, may you have a grand new year!