(Photo Courtesy of TradeWinds)
The children pledged to run for donations of food, pet supplies and blankets to be delivered to the Gary Animal Control Facility in the hope of prolonging the lives of the abandoned animals until they can be fostered and eventually adopted. Both TradeWinds Staff and the summer campers have been busy collecting donations for the ten-lap run. At the completion of each lap runners were splashed with a non-toxic paint.
TradeWinds’ Director of Programs Lisa Previs said that community awareness and involvement is one of the hallmarks of the TradeWinds’ children’s programs. “Despite their own special needs, these children are looking outward and making a difference – literally a life and death difference—on behalf of these unfortunate animals. It’s their hope that their time, talent and compassion will save the lives of the dogs and cats until they can be placed in safe and loving homes.”
Children attending the TradeWinds Summer program come to camp with various abilities and disabilities. “Tolerance and acceptance of one another is the one of the fundamental keys of the program,” said Previs, “and thinking about and caring for others is a very important life lesson.”
The fundraiser took place at TradeWinds’ main center in Gary, IN. TradeWinds is a non-profit agency that supports children and adults with disabilities whose mission is “Serving people with special needs by empowering them to realize their full potential.” For more information visit tradewindsnwi.org
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