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Email sent June 2, 2020 by Sandy Gbur, WDSRA Executive Director:

Appeal Update – Over $60,000 Raised

Dear Friend,

I am humbled by your generosity and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Thank you graphicYour gift is helping turn kitchen tables and family rooms into art studios, dance floors, fitness centers and even friendship corners.

Families are sharing with us how much their son or daughter look forward to each friend they see on the screen, every activity they engage in and most of all the joy that is once again a part of their lives.

YOU are doing that with your gift!

Here is just a sample of the impact you gift is having:

“The programs have been great and helped create a schedule of different activities to participate in with friends.”
Gail & Michelle, Virtual Tae Kwon Do

“We were feeling very lonely. Now we feel a bit connected.”
Penny & Chris, Virtual Art Expressions

“We are grateful for your immediate response to keep our children included, involved & engaged!”
Amy Lee & Lizzie, Sing Along with Zaem

I also want to let you know that thanks to YOU, other donors and the 1:3 match offered by the Coleman Foundation, over $60,000 has been raised.

You are such an inspiration and I am grateful for your continuing support.

Thank you for supporting our participants and families!
Sandy Gbur
Executive Director
Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

 

Urgent Funds Needed During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Crisis

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Email sent during May 2020 by Sandy Gbur, WDSRA Executive Director:

Dear Friend,Coleman Foundation Matching grnat opportunity

I am reaching out today to ask for your help.

Participants and families need the social and recreational contact on which they depend NOW more than ever.

Like you and I, their life has been turned upside down. We are all struggling with the lack of routine, exercise and one-on-one personal connections.

Unlike you and I, participants don’t understand why they can see their friends one day and not the next… or for weeks on end. They have had to give up sports, music, dance or one of the many activities that were helping them thrive every day.

They just know they are feeling lonely, isolated and sad. They don’t understand why.

You can help combat the isolation and depression that can be especially detrimental to their overall health and wellbeing. It can lead to sleeplessness, irritability, changes in behavior, regression, and more.

You can give parents a break in their 24/7 caretaking so they can recharge a little bit every day.

YOU can help combat isolation and depression.

Your gift will help create program options, like virtual programs, to fill the void and to reach out to those whose abilities don’t allow them to engage virtually. At the same time, these programs will ease the stress for parents.

In addition, your gift will help us prepare the necessary precautions needed in order to reopen and offer traditional programs as soon as safely possible.

We urgently need your help today! Please take advantage of the incredible matching opportunity and see your gift be matched 1:3*.

Thank you for supporting our families!
Sandy Gbur
Executive Director
Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

*Donations made before 6/1/2020 (midnight) will be matched 1:3 by the Coleman Foundation (up to $25,000).

 

 

Urgent Funds Needed During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Crisis

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Email sent 3/30/2020 by the WDSRA Foundation Chair, Jeff Hayden:

Dear Friend,

I don’t normally send you emails like this one. But these are challenging times.

While we are all dealing with the isolation that comes with the stay-at-home order during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are some for which this is especially detrimental to their overall wellbeing.

I am thinking of Kelsey. She is a very happy young lady who thrives when she has regular social interaction with her friends. Kelsey is used to a full social life including Rec & Roll, sports, dances and a number of other WDSRA programs. But over the last two weeks, that hasn’t been possible.

With WDSRA spring programs now canceled, Kelsey will be without that vital social interaction for the unforeseeable future. Her world has been turned upside down.

Isolation is a very real concern for Kelsey’s overall wellbeing and that of other WDSRA friends.

Parents are also struggling with no breaks from the 24/7 caregiving for a person with special needs. They depended on WDSRA day in and day out to provide those breaks. They are desperate for support right now.

But you can help Kelsey and her family.

I am asking you to help with a gift today.

Your gift will help create virtual recreation programs, video groups and more to impact the wellbeing of friends like Kelsey. Your gift will help ease the stress that families are dealing with when they need it most.

Please join me in making a secure donation to combat the isolation that threatens the wellbeing of our friends and help ease the pressure that families are struggling with right now.

Please make a secure donation TODAY!

Thank you for helping with this urgent need!
Stay healthy,
Jeff Hayden
Chairman, WDSRA Foundation Board

 

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