Saturday, December 7, 2013

JACOB'S FUND :: Sharon's kids

We know that your mailbox is full of solicitations from charities. Ours are too. We wouldn’t ask if there weren’t a real need—but indeed there is—and we’ve just learned of it. The good news is that this one is easy and inexpensive. 

Our need is simple:

*$5 or $10 gift cards to McDonald’s or Wendy’s
*$5 or $10 gift cards to Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree and Dollar General
*Small, clean, gently used toys

Here’s why we’re asking:
Our friend Sharon, a former missionary to Africa, provides therapy to children with mental disabilities in the heart of Appalachia. The kids she works with have failed to respond to traditional therapies but are having great success through Sharon’s creative therapy and incentive program.

While some of the incentives cost nothing (i.e. getting to stay up 15 minutes past bedtime, having a friend over to play), some do. Sharon explains:

I have a Rewards Bag and everything in it is assigned a certain number of points. The kids can choose rewards commensurate with the points they’ve earned through good behavior. I usually shop at Dollar Tree or Dollar General for the items, spending $1 to $3 each. Older kids love to go to McDonald’s for a meal. Sometimes I take them out for a Coke, just so we’ll have a place to do therapy, since the home is often small and chaotic (or has bed bugs or lice, and I can’t enter it). 
The great news is that the incentive program is working beautifully! Sharon has seen much success and wants to continue the program. The bad news is that there is no budget for these items, an expense in excess of $200 per month that Sharon has been footing alone. 

This is our opportunity to help. Jacob’s Fund takes seriously our promise to help needy and disabled children. We know that you do, too. If you can help, please send your contribution of gift cards or pre-owned toys to:

Glenna Fisher
Jacob’s Fund Director
1630 Tipperary Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45042-3875

Monetary donations can be sent to:
The Red Thread Promise
249 N. Belfield Avenue
Havertown, PA 19083

Thank you for your continued support! 

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