Sometimes its not just about selling zip screws and tek screws.
Sometimes, there are times when you get the chance to do something that has nothing to do with you but gives you the chance to do something for someone else. That’s when you get the opportunity to show what you are really all about. It’s not always easy and sometimes it’s really tough but it’s always worthwhile.
Order of the Arrow Dancers
For five years, All Points Fasteners has had the privilege to be a sponsor for a local 501C, Ride For A Cure. We were there at the beginning, when it was just a an idea, a thought thrown about when one of the girls at the ranch where it began got diagnosed with Parkinson disease. She asked if the Corral, an equestrian club, would be willing to do a fundraiser with the Michael J. Fox group to bring awareness and raise funds for Parkinson. You’d be surprised at how quickly everyone jumped on board to help. It was really amazing how easily everyone gave up their time and energy to pull together a really successful event. Hands raised, volunteering everything from supplies to expertise to time to help . These were good times with good people.
Now it’s five years later and sometimes the enthusiasm isn’t as strong as it was. After all, now instead of one single event, it’s a series of events throughout the year. Almost a full time job by itself. But, from somewhere deep inside, they still find the energy to put in the time to put together an incredible show. This year to benefit children at a special needs school. More than 40 families from the school, along with their teachers and Principal came to watch the show along with hundreds of other spectators, that this year was produced just for them. If you saw the look on the faces of these special needs kids, you’d know that for that day, being ‘special’ had a whole new meaning for them because this day, they were very special indeed!
All Points Fasteners Will Be a Proud Sponsor Ride for a Cure for the Fifth Year!
About this years charity: The Sven Lokrantz School is located in Reseda , CA. It is a public school that serves over 300 students from the West San Fernando Valley and portions of the East Valley including Sylmar, Sunland, Sun Valley and Pacoima. The students are 3-12 year olds who are moderately to severely handicapped and are currently unable to be successful at their regular education home area school. Currently there are over 30 students with Autism, over 55 students in wheelchairs, over 30 students with Downs Syndrome, one class of deaf and hard of hearing students, and 4 classes of severly emotionally disturbed children, among others. The school has one regular education kindergarten class that enables them to have an outstanding reverse-mainstreaming program with orthopedically challenged kindergarteners that will go off to be mainstreamed onto regular campuses. The families that use this school are 80% low income and 70% speak a language other than English at home.
The Parent Group is a 501c3, and is made up of the parents of these children . They are responsible for raising funds that are lacking in the schools budget for programs that used to be in place. They also raise funds to help cover equipment costs that insurance does not cover, like wheelchair repairs, a new pair of glasses,braces or supplies that a family can not afford.
The money we raise this year is going to be used to pay the cost of a lifeguard for the indoor therapy pool that is kept up, but not in use due to budget cuts. Any of you who have any special needs person in your life know how beneficial this therapy is and the sad fact is that this pool has been a part of the curriculum since the school first opened 50 years ago Sept 11th. Any additional money will be put towards paying for The Moving Guy – a very well known PT who has made a huge difference in the lives of the children he has worked with over the years at the school – and to pay for special services used to enrich the lives of these children who don’t get to see much of the outside world.
– Deirdra Hearn, Rideforacure.net