West Windsor, N.J. – With the holiday season just around the corner, Enable, Inc., a non-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities and their families throughout the central New Jersey region, is launching its annual Holiday Gift Drive. The Drive links the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families with people in the community who can respond to special holiday requests and needs.
Tamonica’s family has been one of the many grateful recipients of the Holiday Gift Drive as well as a beneficiary of Enable’s home modification projects. Two years ago, they received a wheelchair ramp which was installed in their backyard and last year they received a walk-in bathtub. Both projects have enhanced the quality of life for Tamonica and literally made her home more accessible.
Tamonica was born with Cerebral Palsy, is paralyzed on her left side and has a clubbed left hand and foot. She also has vision problems. These medical conditions have resulted in her undergoing over 11 surgeries. At 16, she has come a long way. She is now able to walk with a walker and her vision has been slightly restored. “She is special in many ways. God gave her life, but the doctor’s gave her only 48 hours to live at birth since she weighed a little over one pound. Yet Tamonica was able ‘to cheat death’ and has done so for the past 16 years,” said her mother Linda.
In addition to benefiting from Enable’s Accessibility Services, Tamonica and her family have greatly appreciated the generous gifts and non-perishable food items they have received from the gift drive. In the past, they’ve asked for necessities like winter coats, gloves and hats along with video games and a CD player. This year, Tamonica’s wish is for a Nintendo DS XL (hand held video game system) which would help build strength in her arms and hands. Her nine siblings could use help, too.
“Enable has been such a blessing to us in our time of need. The services, supports and opportunity to participate in the gift drive have made life so much easier for our family,” said Linda.
Would you like to help a family like Tamonica’s this holiday season? Enable is looking for individuals, families, and organizations to help with the 2010 Holiday Gift Drive. In 2009, 210 persons received food and gifts from their wish lists.
· make a monetary donation; and
“We encourage you to get your family, friends and colleagues involved! Make it a family or group project—a fun time together,” says Sharon Copeland, executive director for Enable.
Enable, Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves over 450 individuals with disabilities and their families throughout the central New Jersey region, headquartered in the Princeton area. For more information about Enable, Inc. and the services it provides, visit www.enablenj.org. To participate in the Holiday Gift Drive, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (609) 987-5003, ext. 124.
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