Is there anything more satisfying then bringing smiles and joy to a child? Variety The Children's Charity of Illinois does just that. They have many events that children with special needs would not be able to enjoy, if it weren't for Variety. My favorite is a carnival they provide each year for these children and their families. And I have some young children in my life and they love riding their bikes with their friends. Variety also provides the opportunity for children with physical disabilities to have that same experience by providing adaptive bikes. I am so glad I found out about Variety and can help provide some of these opportunities to children.
I have been a supporter of this charity for nearly two decades. In one brief sentence, I like this organization because it makes children smile as brightly as I ever see any child smile. Often times, in addition to the smile, there's a sense of accomplishment or reward that the special needs children this charity supports radiate. This is a gift you cannot possibly give without an organization behind the wheel who deeply cares for the well-being of children in need.
They have planned very nice events. Organized and fun!!
I became aware of Variety the Children’s Charity of Illinois seven years ago as an event I hosted helped raise money for the charity. I’m happy to say that I’ve been with the event every year since that time. The increased knowledge that I’ve gained concerning this life-changing children’s charity has enriched my life to the point that I wanted to volunteer more of my time to the group. I joined the board of directors in August of 2015 and had never been happier to see how this charity is truly helping families. I never knew that an adapted bicycle can cost up to $3,000, and that insurance companies don't cover this as a medical expense or other equipment a child may need. Shouldn't every child grow up riding a bike? Isn't riding a bike a natural passage of childhood? Variety helps families to make their dreams come true, matching adaptive bikes and special equipment with families is part of their charitable efforts.
This past April, I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Variety World Conference in Jersey, UK. It was rewarding to hear about all of the great activities that were helping children all over the world. The Aurora, Illinois amusement event is one example of how this charity is helping kids and families to have the same opportunities and experiences that all kids should have. I’m proud to be a volunteer member of this group, the smiles on the kids' faces are why this charity is so important. Thanks, Sarah Knight Adamson Photos included are of Variety of Illinois fundraising event and silent auction
This is an excellent event for my son. My son is a autistic kid. He loves carnival and this is the only entertainment he has. Hopefully we can have more this kind of carnival come to our area often. Thanks.
My son and I had a great time at the carnival at Fox Valley Mall on Saturday. We both loved riding the rides. I was even able to get several pictures with him smiling (which he never does). It was nice to feel included and stress free! Thank you so much!!
Thank you so much to Variety Children's Charity of Illinois. My family and I attended the Fox Valley carnival during the special needs time and my son who is on the autism spectrum could enjoy it just as much as his older brother. Having more space without a crowd and no loud music was just amazing. Thank you!!
Thank you for providing our "special needs" son with the opportunity to attend a carnival "stress-free"! He went on several rides, which he would not have done during regular carnival hours. Everyone was very kind and accommodating.
We really enjoyed the carnival at Fox valley mall.....my daughter was able to enjoy rides without having the struggle of waiting in long lines or the distraction of loud music ....I really appreciated the way the employees handled themselves and my daughter had a really good time eating the complementary popcorn and cotton candy.....thank you so much for giving her that experience
This is the only way our son who is autistic and has Down syndrome can go to a carnival. Normal carnivals are too overwhelming with so many people and long lines.
This is our second year and we had a great time!