“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… i’ll always be with you.” ~Winnie the Pooh
Best Friends… What is a best friend? A Buddy? Hmm, to be a best friend or buddy is:
• Someone who knows my faults and still wants to be around me
• Someone who challenges me to make myself a better person
• Someone who I can tell my “secrets” to
• Someone who I can spend “silly” time with as well as serious time
To children like Hadley with disabilities friends are hard to come by, they have the friends in their classes but role models of “able” children are so important to them.
It is because of a program called Best Buddies which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that Hadley and friends like her have the opportunity to have these role models and buddies.
Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,500 college, high school and middle school campuses across the country and internationally.
Don’t you love to watch your children play with their friends… enjoy sports together… sleepovers…
I’m hoping that you will take a moment to help keep that dream alive for Hadley and her friends and join our teamto help support the dream of “friendship.” Perhaps pass that cup of Starbucks today and donate the $5.00 to this worthy cause, in the name of “friendship.” Thank you!