Another playset given!

We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone at Andrew’s Gift for your generous grant donation. Although we really can’t thank you enough, we wanted to let you know how appreciative we are of your generosity. We are sure that Jack will get years of enjoyment from our new swing set. He already loves it, and would spend all day playing on it, regardless of the weather, if we let him. We have already seen much improvement in Jack’s swing set skills. He climbs the ladder with ease, loves the slide, and is slowly getting used to the swing. He has noticed the monkey bars, and is curious, but is not quite ready to take on that challenge yet!  

We wanted you to see the end result so we have provided a few pictures for you. We wanted you to see the set itself, and we wanted to show you Jack enjoying himself.  Your gift has certainly gone to a great cause, and again, we wanted to express our utmost thanks for your generosity.

Eric, Lauren, Jack, and Olivia Maguire

A thank you from Owen and family

Dear Andrew's Gift,

Thank you for the gift of a grant to allow our 5-year-old son, Owen, to increase his sessions at Fitness 4 Focus!  He has been working with Shawn once a week for almost a year, and he is always excited when it's time for his session.  Chris and Shawn are completely invested in helping Owen not only work on physical strength and coordination, but they also challenge him cognitively and have high expectations and get him to work towards them.  When I get stuck in the mindset of, "He can't do that yet," they prove me wrong time and again.  I was blown away a couple of weeks ago when they wrote his schedule on a white board and told him to erase the tally marks beside each activity every time he completed one, and he'd march right over to the board after each set and holler, "Erase!" and take one mark off.  (Sometimes he'd erase two or three at a time - didn't like those sets??)

They even promote social interactions by getting the kids to work together in the gym.  Then last week they invited us to sit in front of their Hershey location to watch the Halloween parade while they were walking in it, and when they came past us, they scooped Owen up and took him with them.  He was all smiles and laughed the entire time we walked the parade route.  These guys are not only amazing at what they do with the kids while they're in the gym, they make their clients feel like a part of a big family.  Having local organizations like Andrew's Gift and Fitness 4 Focus who genuinely care about the special needs kids in the area means the world to us parents.  Thanks again!!

Andrew's Gifts providing service dogs

Andrew's Gift understands the tremendous value that service dogs provide to individuals with autism. We are excited to support their mission and wish them tremendous success. Pam Foreman, Director for SSD, sent the following note:
 

Dorothy, I want to personally thank you for funds to be applied to the cost of a service dog for a family. I know the family is so very grateful and all of us here at SSD are as well. It was such a pleasure meeting you. I've enjoyed perusing Andrew's Gift website. Very nice! The most sincere gratitude....Pam Foreman

Check out the website to see all the wonderful work going on with SSD.
www.keystonehumanservices.org/ssd/
Susquehanna Service Dogs raises and trains services dogs to assist children and adults with disabilities to become more independent.