We’ve shared several resources to help those struggling to make ends meet this season, but we realize there are some families out there who are more financially fortunate and would like to be able to give back to the charities and organizations that assist children with special needs and their families.
So for those of you who want to give this season, here’s a look at five organization that help those with special needs.
This charity, founded in 1998, provides assistance dogs to children under the age of 12 who are autistic or have physical or hearing disabilities.
The dogs are trained to assist with daily tasks, but more importantly provide companionship and loyalty to the children they assist, which in turn helps those kids build confidence and learn responsibility.
CDK has proudly placed over 90 assistance dogs since their foundation.
When national radio host, Kidd Craddick passed away suddenly in August 2013, he left behind a legacy whose importance far outweighs that of his nationally syndicated radio show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning.
In the early 90’s, Kidd created Kidd’s Kids, in which Kidd and his team of co-hosts take children with terminal or profoundly severe illnesses, along with their entire families, on a trip to Disney World.
Kidd’s Kids is funded strictly by donations and charity events, like the golf tournament Kidd was attending when he passed away.
You can donate to Kidd’s Kids any time of the year through the show’s website, kiddlive.com.
The best part about giving to Kidd’s Kids? You get to hear first-hand the joy you helped bring to the kids on the trip by way of the radio show, which still broadcasts live from Disney World as Kidd’s co-hosts continue his legacy year after year.
This charity requires a donation of a different sort—your hair. Locks of Love uses real human hair, donated by way of your stylist, to make wigs for children suffering from hair loss due to severe illnesses or disorders.
The wigs are provided either completely free or on a sliding scale based on the parents’ income and are intended to place confidence, as well as a sense of normalcy, back into the hearts of children suffering from hair loss.
LoL has provided wigs for more than 2,000 children since its inception.
This organization sends families with a child or parent suffering from serious illnesses or crises in their lives such as spina bifida, autism, cancer, multiple sclerosis, or a blood disorder, on a three day, two night retreat.
Deliver the Dream invites up to 15 families at a time to join them at one of their retreat locations to give the families a chance to relax, have fun, make new friendships, and create dynamic support groups with the other families who are experiencing similar crises.
This organization was created by parents of disabled or special needs children to promote awareness, provide assistance with health care, and to improve the quality of life of children with special needs and their families.
You can donate to the M.O.R.G.A.N project through their website, themorganproject.org, or by hosting a charity function in your town or school.
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