Events and News
1. Cycle of Life ’03
It really is "America
as cross-country cyclers raise funds and
awareness for a good cause!
Three young college grads dedicate 65 days to a vision that, in their own
“Remember, every time you make a selfless commitment or contribution, you add
strength to your life and to the world around you. Like adding spokes to a
wheel, eventually the cycle could be unbreakable. Thanks and G-d bless. Dave,
Brian and Justin”
Departure, July 3, 2003 Charleston, SC
Arrival, August 5, 2003 San Francisco, CA
…from sea to
2. Wheelchair Vans
distributes eight handicapped accessible vans...more to come!
We have partnered with a major car donation enterprise to give priority to our
special need clients. Donations of wheelchair vans are directed to families -
helping them transport those with disabilities; making medical appointments
and inclusion in family outings less of an ordeal...a major 'quality of life'
enhancement for the client and family!
3. Book Fair
SKF turns a little boy’s
“fake" money - into real money! (a must read!)
Excerpt from email sent
by Special Ed Teacher Megam Basel to Daniel Goodman, President, SKF-
“Last week our school
had a book fair, where all the children were able to go down to the fair and
browse through all the books. The children made a list of books, a wish list,
to take home to their parents. The next day the parents sent money for their
children to buy books.---- This is where my story begins. I had gone to
pick up one of my developmentally disabled first graders and found him in
tears. This little boy was just sobbing and would not even look up at me. In
his hand he had a wad of papers. I asked his Regular Ed. teacher what was
going on. She said that he was deeply upset about the fact that his family had
no money to send with him for the fair, and therefore could not go with his
class to get a book. I talked with the little boy and tried to calm him down.
He finally opened his hand, to reveal some pieces of paper that he had colored
some dollar signs on.
First I was so excited
because he actually knew what a dollar sign was; I couldn’t even get him to
count to 10! But then my heart began to sadden at the thought of this little
boy being so distraught over the fact that he had no real money, that he
actually went to the effort of making himself "fake" money. This thought broke
my heart. It took almost an hour to convince him that his money was not real
and he couldn’t get any books with it. The fact is, that none of my children
could even come close to being able to afford the books.”
SKF provided the PTA with some 'real' money, so
that each of Megam's students could have a new book of their very own!
4. Free Personalized Tapes
special tape for special kids!
of tapes distributed to schools, camps and therapy programs across the
country - lullabies and stories, personalized with the child’s name,
become the most prized possession for many of our special kids.
quotes are to be found below; but details withheld to protect the
privacy of the children and their families.
Just wanted to share a few of the stories with you as we see the children's
reactions to their tapes...
Michael, 4, who rarely speaks, began chanting in our waiting room, "It's my
tape. It has my name on it. It's my tape." After listening
to the songs, his mother says he couldn't wait to show the kids at school his
"name tape" at show and tell the next week!
Alyssa's mother tells the story of her 2 1/2 year old's response to her
tape..."Her face lit up when she heard her name in the song. She doesn't
talk but knows some signs and made up her own sign for her tape. We had
to tell all our family and babysitter what it means when she does that sign,
so she can listen to her favorite music."
"Taylor, 3, has autism and music is very calming for her. Her mother says
that this is one of the tapes Taylor likes to listen to just before bed to
help soothe herself to sleep.”
"The tapes are great!
Thank you so much for including us-"
Distributed by Special Kids Fund
Donated by a Division of
5. Birthday Party
Classmates' gifts will last a lifetime!
12 year old girl and her
family ask friends to bring donations to SKF, instead of conventional
‘presents’ to her party.
Letter to her 7th Grade
“We are sending a
check from our fund to Camp For All in your honor. It is a wonderful place
where special needs children can celebrate with their friends for a few
weeks each year, enjoying activities and camaraderie as you and your friend
did at the party. Best Regards to a very special class,”
Letter to her Family -
“I am sure her
classmates learned a lesson in caring and sharing that will enhance their
interactions with each other, as well as their understanding of
responsibility for the broader world around them. In a society that all too
often devotes itself to self-interest, it is a beautiful thing to see
parents and a budding young adult looking towards helping others at a time
of personal celebration. We are sending a check from our fund to Camp For
All, a wonderful place where special needs children can celebrate with their
friends for a few weeks each year, enjoying activities and camaraderie as
you did with your friends. Much appreciated.
regards to a very special family"
6. PAL (Police Activities
League) San Jose Ball Park
Everybody needs a special pal!
San Jose PAL Challenger
Special Kids Fund provides funding, through
your generous donations, that makes it possible to provide special needs programs
that are opening new vistas for the educationally, emotionally and
physically challenged. We provided support to the baseball program for developmentally disabled youth 5-25 years
of age, with funding to make their park handicapped accessible and
special needs 'friendly'.