We are in the home stretch of Jake’s Community Service Project benefiting Dreams for Kids DC (DFKDC), Dress for Success DC, and DC-area homeless in conjunction with the DFKDC Holiday Celebration THIS Saturday, December 19, 2015! Jake’s goal of collecting 100 purses & toiletry items to put in the purses was easily met, and in fact, greatly surpassed.
In out house alone, we currently have 1400+ toiletry items, which means we will be able to “stuff” at least 14 items per purse!!
As Jake’s mom, I have immeasurable gratitude to Glenda Fu, Executive Director of DFKDC for recognizing Jake (and sister, Sofia) as “Outstanding DFKDC Participants” … who could have predicted that the recognition of an 11 year old boy with Autism as an “Outstanding Participant” would have:
- led to a desire to “do something for the adults” in honor of the Christmas holidays
- led to such an outpouring of generosity from folks near and far, family, friends, and strangers alike
- led to a greater sense of not only self-advocacy, but of advocacy for others
- led to a greater recognition by others of the abilities of kids like Jake, not just their disabilities
Dreams For Kids DC (DFKDC) – you can proudly say “mission accomplished” … you have provided life-changing activities and opportunities that have empowered Jake to interact with members of the community, both with and without disabilities, and to compassionately change his little corner of the world for the better.