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August 18, 2011

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August 18, 2011

Our son suffered a traumatic brain injury in May of '08 at the age of 5. My wife and I were in shock as his life hung in the balance for weeks. As his condition stabilized, it became clear that we were entering a whole new world with a son requiring medical equipment and services that we weren't yet mentally or financially equipped to provide.
Variety was the first place we turned and 3 years later we have never heard them say "No." Our son relies on tens of thousands of dollars of durable medical goods everyday that Variety have been so graciously and unconditionally donated by the good folks at Variety.
Our family can say without reservation that Variety has played a pivotal role in our son's ongoing recovery and their dedication to special needs kids in the St. Louis area is without parallel.

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

They play a critical role in our son's recovery from TBI.

Ways to make it better...

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

none

August 18, 2011

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August 18, 2011

I had the pleasure of working with the staff and participants of two summer camps that Variety - STL had at our facility this year. They are passionate, kind, friendly and a joy to work with. This organization has touched so many lives in such a positive manner.

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

the summer of 2011

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

have to give up because I really can't think of a single thing that I'd change!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 13, 2011

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July 13, 2011

When my nephew Daunte was born, we made a decision as a family that we would do everything we could to prevent him from being limited by Spina bifida. We knew he was going to have a long, hard road ahead of him, but we were committed to allowing Daunte to thrive just like all of his siblings. We had no idea how expensive therapies and equipment to allow him the most basic functions, such as mobility, would be. Variety Club has stepped up every time Daunte has needed equipment as he has grown. Daunte rides his bike to the park with his brothers and cousins, speeds through the house in his little quickie, and even goes shopping and runs errands with me in his full sized chair. By being able to get around with other kids, Daunte has the confidence to go anywhere and play with any child. That confidence and independence is something that was given to him by not just his family, but in large part due to Variety Club. We cannot thank this charity enough for allowing my nephew to be the outgoing, confident little man he now is.

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

watching my nephew learn to use his wheel chair and helping to teach him how to ride a bike donated by Variety Club.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them unlimited funding so they could do as much good as possible for as many families as possible.

June 18, 2011

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June 18, 2011

Variety childrens Charity has been the lifeline for my son Martin he has been a client for about 16 years now .Diane Grutzka and Jen Petterson and the entire staff are remarkable.This organization has enabled Martin and the rest of our family to engage with various outings, the annual parade and We have goen to places like the Science Center,The Airport
Mcdonald's boat at the Arch.If the Variety's Childrens Charity was not in place Marty would never have any recreational activities at all.They also provided Marty with his first therapuetic bike.Can you believe that! And just when I thought they had done everything for us they were very instrumental to our family recieving a van from United Access! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR FAMILIES WITH MEMBERS WHO HAVE SPEACIAL NEEDS AND DISABILITES GOD BLESS YOU!

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We have been allowed to attend theatre.My other children get a chance to interact with Martin as well as other Varitety Children families.Variety's Childrens Charity has impacted our lives so much words could never express what they have done for us and so many other families.They are truly a blessing.Diane and Jen and all staff WE Love You!!!

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I would make sure the media got in invovled more and that the word never stops about this wonderful organization.We only really here about them when the Variey week is up and coming.We need to let the entire community how vital Variety Children Charity really is.

April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

Hi my name is Angel and my son was born almost 5 years ago, he is adopted. The doctors told us that he would not amount to anything and we should consider not adopting him, but we refused to listen. Early intervention was called in to assist us in whatever he needed, they got Variety Club involved with us and they have helped out tremendously. They supplied equipment that he needed for the past 4 years. Anytime we need something all we I have to do is call Diane at Variety and she takes care of us. We could not have made it without their assistance. I am so proud of Variety I have recommended them to several people I know with handicapped children and they are thrilled. They finally have that peace of mind knowing someone out there cares as much about their children as they do. Thanks JJ's Mom

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

Receiving help with equipment needed for my son

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None it is great

April 14, 2011

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April 14, 2011

Nearly 3 years ago our son suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a car accident. Variety stepped in while we were still in the hospital to provide us with the equipment needed to take care of our son. They have continued to help provide equipment as he has gotten older. The items they provide are EXTREMELY expensive and our insurance covers none of it. We would be lost without Variety.

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

My son receives services from Variety.

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

I would want everyone in the St. Louis area to make Variety their top charity for donations.

April 5, 2011

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April 5, 2011

my son noah has spastic desplasa cerabal palsy,and other disabilites.without diane at variety i could not of gotten some of the equipment i needed. she helped me get an adapted bike,feeder chair.tjey are always there when i need someone.they really are caring.diane gresky is really friendly,she really dose care.once she meets you she remembers all the varitey kids name.im glad noah is one of there kids.thanks diane and varitey for being here

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

they helped me get equiptment that my insurance would not get me.

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

only one minnor change.see a lot of these kids cant attend variety camps for the summer,like me they dont have away.i would set up transportation for those kids.because its not fare they have to be left out.

March 15, 2011

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March 15, 2011

Our little Alex was born 2 months early, he spent the first 6 wks. of his life in the NICU, and he had severe heart and lung disease when he was born. On his 1st. Birthday, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He was later diagnosed with an immune deficiency, a monogenic form of diabetes, low tone cerebral palsy, and kidney disease.
After extensive and ongoing physical therapy, it was decided that Alex would benefit greatly from leg braces. Our medical insurance had other thoughts on this though. I shouldn't have been surprised, they have declined everything on Alex..including his cancer treatments. However, we were introduced to the Variety Club and because of them, a whole new world has been introduced to Alex. With his leg braces, he can be a kid. Before them, he couldn't hardly walk without falling over. We were in the ER every 2 wks. getting stitches from him falling and splitting his head open. This last December, Alex received a bike that was made specifically for him. To watch that little boy ride a bike brings tears of joy to my eyes every time. He is so proud of his new bike and the accomplishments that he has made.
Having a child with on going medical needs is very hard on a family physically, emotionally, and financially! If it wasn't for the Variety Club, Alex wouldn't have made near the accomplishments that he has made. Because of them, a whole new world has been opened up to him and he get's to be that little boy that he so badly wants and deserves to be.
Our family will always be extremely grateful for the Variety Club ;)

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My 5 yr. old son has been able to enjoy those simple little things in life that we all take for granted as a result of the Variety Club's generocity.

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

I cannot imagine what I would change!

March 3, 2011

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March 3, 2011

St. Louis Variety has done alot for my son who has cp. They have helped us get a lift for our van, a walker, and a handicapped toilet. When our medical insurance said they couldn't help us we didn't know where to go or what to do. The expenses a family has with a disabled child are enormous. Variety stepped in right away and made sure Robbie got what he needed and has made our life much easier. The outings we go on and their camps are wonderful because Handicapped children don't have friends to hang out with like regular kids. These activities make them feel normal and socially are so important. If we ever win the lottery Variety will get a chunk of it because they have always been there for us and are a wonderful and compassionate organization.

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see above

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

give them all raises

October 25, 2010

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October 25, 2010

I have worked with Variety, the Children's Charity of St. Louis for over 3 years now and I grow more fond of them each year. I mainly help with their Adventure Camp but also volunteer for other events throughout the year. I love playing and having fun with the kids and seeing their faces light up. Variety means everything to a lot of these kids and their families and I completely understand why.

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

seeing parents overjoyed that their kids are playing with other kids and simply having fun. Whether it's Adventure Camp, or Toy Trolley, or Variety Theatre, the kids just love that they can be themselves

Ways to make it better...

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

work on time management and organization of activities (ie during camp)

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

better organization

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It taught me to value what I have in life and don't take anything for granted. It also taught me to see a person for what they truly are and not just what they appear to be...that you have to look into people's hearts to see what they're really like.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

made me feel great to make the children laugh and smile.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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