In recent months, we have done our best to convey the incredible difference donors are making by helping Easter Seals kids get the right equipment. Walkers, stair lifts, and bath chairs mean the world to a child with a physical disability at any time, but while they are stuck at home during the pandemic, these items are even more critical.
Please take a moment to watch our new video and hear from the kids themselves exactly how your donations are impacting their lives.
Easter Seals is only able help children get this vital equipment when we have funds available. This year has been one we all want to forget. However, we can’t forget about the children. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has made a contribution to benefit Easter Seals kids. There are many deserving children in need of essential equipment, and with your help they will get the equipment they need very soon. If you are able, please make a donation now.
At this point it is still unclear as to whether we will be able to operate in-person camp programs next summer. However, over the next several months we will be offering periodic virtual camp activities such as campfires and sports and recreation sessions, similar to the Challenger Baseball Program we are currently offering in partnership with the Jays Care Foundation. We are also hoping to offer week-long virtual camp sessions over the winter holiday break and again for March Break 2021. For more information on virtual camp activities, please visit www.campeasterseals.org. We will share any information concerning our in-person camp activities as soon as they become available.
We have taken the Celebrity Hockey Classics virtual this year with five entertaining virtual Draft Parties taking place between November 12 and December 3. Teams can raise funds to draft a former NHL celebrity like Eric Lindros, Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark, Rick Vaive, Brad May or many others to attend an in-person event of their choice in 2021. There is no limit on the number of individuals per team, and since you don’t have to skate to participate your options for teammates are wide open. So why not sign up with your friends for a little fun this year and next? For more information on the event and to sign up, visit the Celebrity Hockey Classic website.
If you want to participate but don’t think you can put together an entire team, please feel free to join my team, the Collins Crusaders, in the Eric Lindros event.
As the spread of the virus reignites levels of stress and frustration, we are also reminded of the many difficult decisions we have had to make because of the pandemic. However, each of these decisions has put the needs of Easter Seals kids first and foremost. As the pandemic rages on, their needs will only get more urgent. We will be there for them, and I hope we can continue to count on you to be there for us.
On behalf of everyone at Easter Seals, thank you for being a part of our family and believing in our cause. Please continue to do all you can to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
Kevin J. Collins