Letter: Include Special Recreation Association in Holiday Giving

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Dear Editor:

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to family, friends, holiday celebrations, and giving to others.  I am the parent of a 20-year old daughter, Kelsey who has Down Syndrome.  As most parents, I want to provide the best for her.  Kelsey's primary focus right now is to be with friends, and family, have fun and "learn new stuff".  

One of the most important parts of Kelsey's life is the time she spends participating in the programs at Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA). Without WDSRA, special needs adults and children wouldn't have opportunities to socialize, travel, learn, and well, just have fun.

WDSRA serves more than 4500 adults and children with special needs in more than 1500 recreation programs, trips and special events every year.  They are an extension of the Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield Park Districts. 

WDSRA benefits from personal contributions to assist in providing programs and scholarships for participants.  As a member of the WDSRA Foundation Board, and a parent, I am reaching out to our community members with the hope that during this season of giving, you will include WDSRA as part of your end-of-year giving plans.  On behalf of the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association and all the children and adults like Kelsey whom they serve, I thank you!

Patrice Marks

WDSRA Foundation Board Member

Lisa Kelly December 22, 2012 at 03:55 AM
WDSRA is a fantastic organization as well as all the special recreation associations located throughout DuPage county. It is crucial that these organizations thrive and continue providing programs for special needs individuals of all abilities, from the toddler years all the way through adulthood! Without their support to local park district programs, inclusion would not be possible. My daughter has benefited greatly from many of their programs throughout the years.


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