Causes We Love
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it back into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"
The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die."
"Son," the man said, "Don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't make a difference."
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, "I made a difference for that one."
Make a difference, one dollar at a time, through the American Cancer Society.
Thumbuddy Special is a non-profit organization that was started over 16 years ago by a group of special education teachers and therapists who had a vision to fill a void in their field. They raise money to provide adaptive equipment for children with special needs. These children require equipment to access their environment, and live a life where they could reach their maximum potential. Often these children are either denied the equipment they needed by the insurance company or public aide. Most families lack the resources to purchase the equipment that their child needs.
Thumbuddy Special supplies equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, bath chairs, adapted bikes, and ramps and computers. In addition, they offer scholarships to children to attend local special recreation camps in the summer. Every Christmas season Thumbuddy Special also sponsors needy families in low income communities. In recent years this program has grown considerably due to the nature of the economy. The only source for revenue has been fundraising throughout the year, where family and friends continue to be our biggest supporters. There are ten active members on the volunteer board and over 95% of the money Thumbuddy Special raises goes directly to the children and families.