Many families face the reality of reinventing their priorities after receiving the news that their child has special needs. They may have to make the difficult decision to cut back on their work hours, or one parent may need to give up his or her job altogether in order to meet their child’s additional needs.
Obviously this is a stressful situation, as a couple and family are adjusting not only to the newness of the diagnosis, but they’re also adjusting to a new reality with less money but most likely, more work and challenges than ever.
Many times gifts, vacations and fun activities are not affordable, and although money doesn´t buy happiness, recreation and rest is always needed in order to feel better and be able to face challenging situations. Those simple gifts are priceless!
These four non-profit organizations work hard for bringing hope to families of kids with special needs. Click on the link to learn more about them, and please keep them in mind if you would like to donate and touch the life of a family who may be in desperate need of hope, while taking care of a child with medical challenges or a life-long genetic condition that affects his growth and development.
Give a song today, change a life forever™
The Songs of Love Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing, free of charge, personalized songs for children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges.
My two kids got their personal songs after a couple of months they were born. Both songs are beautiful and are still their favorite music.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.
Many people are surprised to learn that the founder and executive director of this group was a pioneer in the idea of wish fulfillment for seriously and terminally ill children. After losing her eldest daughter, Susan, to bone cancer, Linda Dozoretz became an active fundraiser, supporting causes that searched for a cure for cancer. For her efforts, she was awarded a trip to Disneyland, which she donated to a little girl from Susan’s hospital who was also losing her battle with cancer. “I saw that if I could do this for one child,” says Dozoretz, “I could possibly do it for many.”
The Dream Factory is the only children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. They strive to provide hope and relief from the trauma and corresponding stress and depression that both the children and their families can endure on a day-to-day basis.
Dream referrals will only be considered for children who reside in communities where chapters exist. The Dream Factory regrets that our volunteers are not able to grant all requests, but must limit their efforts to their local children. Click here to find local chapters
All these organizations and the people behind them make a great difference in the lives of our kids with special needs. They empower, bring hope and many reasons to believe that we’re not alone in this path, and that angels are everywhere.