Six months ago, two-year-old Ariel joined Tammy Lynn Center’s bilingual Building Blocks playgroup, part of our Early Childhood Intervention program. His parents were concerned about his extreme separation anxiety. Having been born prematurely, Ariel’s mother was told by the doctors that he would never walk on his own, speak to others, or eat food typical for a child his age.
After many months of hard work in Building Blocks and practicing his learned therapies at home, Ariel now confidently and excitedly plays with his friends, speaks to his therapists in both English and Spanish, and acts as a leader amongst the Building Block group he participates in twice a week. Today, Ariel is a typical two-year-old who enters our classroom with a cheeky grin and a brave “Hola!” – far from the picture the doctors painted for his family two years ago. In the words of his mother, “Ariel is a miracle.”
Success stories such as Ariel’s happen each and every day here at Tammy Lynn Center. For almost 48 years, we have responded to the needs of our community, even when doing so strains our operating budget to the limit. We’ve been able to do this in part because of the financial support we receive from people like you: our loyal community of donors, families and dear friends dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When a child such as Ariel comes to us mid-year, we will always work to find a way to support that child and his or her family – despite our limited funds.
We are exactly 30 days away from the end of our fiscal year. We need your help now more than ever to fill the funding gap between what we planned to provide, and what our community needed us to provide. We are requesting that you consider a gift of $50.00, $100.00 or $250.00 to Tammy Lynn Center. With your help, we can bridge the funding gap and continue to serve the unexpected, yet incredibly beautiful miracles like Ariel.
With high hopes and sincere gratitude,