AiN Angel Fund

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All in Need, Family Support (AiN) announced their very first recipient of the “AiN Angel Fund” on December 6, 2014. Which was made possible by generous donation from an anonymous donor, the “AiN Angel Fund” is a way to help our families by relieving some of the financial burden of raising a child with special needs.

AiN’s mission is to provide support to families with children ages 18 and under that have special needs in the East Bay Area by offering respite care in a nurturing and learning environment, promoting social interaction, gross and fine motor activities all in a sensory based atmosphere.

AiN board considered all families who use AiN services. But all agreed the $1,000 Angel Fund needed to be awarded to the McClanahan Family from Concord. The money is designated to help purchase a van that is wheelchair accessible for their daughter. Their youngest daughter has Mitochondrial Disease. The United Mitochondrial Foundation’s website says, “Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised. The disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more and more common.”

Elizabeth McClanahan says, “Words are still not coming to me after your generous gift toward the wheelchair lift van. We are humbled and honored to be the recipient of All in Needs Family Support’s 2014 gift to families in need. Thank you All in Need Family Support, Board Members and Autumn Green!”

AiN intends to present this gift to a deserving family who uses AiN services next December. To help support this fund, please donate to AiN’s Angel Fund. Donations can be made on our webpage allinneed.org or at:
All in Need, Family Support
25-A Crescent Ave. #214
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Contact

To learn more about this event, please contact:

Autumn Green, Executive Director
greena@allinneed.org
www.allinneed.org
Office: (925) 257-4246
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Social Club: Special Needs Art Class

photo 3A fun new Social Club: Day Out was held last Saturday. Art with a Girl Scout was led by a local girl scout who is working on her Golden Award. She led our AiN kids in an adventure of painting pictures of “Family” for a movable mural that we will be able to bring to different AiN events! The mural is designed to have a quilt like look with unique squares done by AiN children.

Breaking up the eight kids who joined us for this event four stayed and painted while four played games and later traded places. On the game side you heard a lot of noises while the kids played indoor soccer, musical chairs, and charades but when you visited the other room you saw children focused and working hard on their individual squares of art.

It was wonderful to have three new children join the fun while a dedicated young lady learned to work and lead a group of children who have special needs.