Variety, the Children's Charity of Texas

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 1301 S. Capital of Texas Highway Suite A230 Austin TX 78746 USA

Mission: Variety has been committed to empowering children with special needs throughout Texas since 1936.
Results: Variety serves over 5,000 children each year through individual assistance and our camp for children with special needs, Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, located in Killeen, Texas.
Target demographics: Variety works with families raising special needs children, low-income children and others in the state of Texas from birth to the age of 18.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 5,000 children each year.
Geographic areas served: Texas
Programs: The Heart of Variety Fund assists families in need of durable medical goods, health related services, education software, programs and much more.
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EIN 75-0630233
512-328-5437
www.varietytexas.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

We have been truely blessed twice by Variety the Childrens Charity of North Texas and don't know what we would have done without them. I am a stay at home mom with my son Grant who is a 3 year old with Cerebral Palsy and because of this he is unable to walk. We are one of those families that does have commercial insurance with my husbands company, but unfortunately a wheelchair was not affordable to us. About 8 months ago now Grant recieved a manual wheelchair, from Variety the Childrens Charity and now I actually have a toddler! Up until that point his only mode of transportation was either army crawling or me or my husband carrying him and positioning him in a sitting position. Now that he has his chair, Grant has become a normal 3 year old boy. His confidence level has gone through the roof. Before he would shy away and be terrified of me walking away from him, to now he goes up to strangers and starts talking to them! His wheelchair is his legs and its not only that its meant the world to him! He can go and experience so much more and do it independently! I have always stressed that he needs to be as independent as possible, and with his new chair, he is! Our second blessing came back in September 08, when he was given the coolest opportunity to throw the first pitch at a Texas Rangers Baseball game. All of this because of a really amazing charity that we truly could not have done without. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Variety the Childrens Charity!! The Ballard Family

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The amazing things they have done for my son.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everything they have done for my family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Absolutely amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make that many more families happy.

Ways to make it better...

Our experience could not have been any better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lots of families needing help.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2008-1-01

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13 people found this review helpful

Variety Club of Texas was an organization that was there to help my 13 year old daughter Shelby get a manual wheelchair. She was denied 3 times from the state program that she was on due to the fact that she had an electric wheelchair. They could not undestand that we use a manual one just as much. For example when a friend or family member will want to take her somewhere they have to take her with the manual chair, most people do not have a van with a lift as their vehicle of choice. Variety purchased the wheelchair that she needed and now she is like other 14 year old; she can go anywhere at any given time. Variety was very professional and they worked quickly. They treated me and my child with respect and I am very grateful. This is a wonderful program for people like me, who work, contribute to society, but just do not have the "extra" to purchase equipment that their children need. Thank You!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very professional (Lance) was very kind and willing to talk to me on the phone in length to explain what this organization could do for my child.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help so many people that are feeling hopeless and ashamed that they could not afford what their child needed, like I did before they helped us.

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2008-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Variety Club was such a blessing to my family. They helped my daughter with her Docband. She is done with treatment and has made such an improvement. Lance at Variety was great he went above and beyond and was so helpful to me. He walked me thru the whole process. I cant say enough good things about the charity. Thanks

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the treatment of my child

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing different

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

so helful and kind

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many kids...

Ways to make it better...

couldnt of been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not sure

One thing I'd also say is that...

i cant say enough thank yous...

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2008-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I'm a mom of a 15yrs old son with Cerebral Palsy. I'm greatful that Variety donated a bicycle to my son. It gives us the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors like never before. We enjoy it and people that see us riding the bike always have to say something good about it. We really love it and I can't wait until summer starts again to go to the parks and enjoy the outdoors again. Thank you Variety,,,, God Bless. Brenda, Angel

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they donated the bycicle to us in a short time of applying.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open a place like "Disney World" just for kids with special needs and their families.

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