St. Louis Variety is one of the most remarkable organizations I have ever had the pleasure of being involved with. Not only is it comprised of some of the most kind and generous individuals, but it is undoubtedly one of the most effective organizations at providing equipment, tools, therapy and enrichment opportunities for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. My little boy has cerebral palsy and the doors to independence that have been opened for him as a result of St. Louis Variety have been so invaluable and have allowed him become a confident and happy little boy. And Variety has made it possible for our family to enjoy this life without bearing the totality of the incredible burden of the outrageous costs of his medical equipment and care. We will forever be indebted to Variety St. Louis and are eternally grateful for all Nathan has received as a result of being a very lucky Variety kid!
Best inclusive programs: Variety Children's Theater and Variety Children's Chorus! Variety understands the importance of wheelchairs and other equipment; they assist financially with these items! Ultimately, Variety's symbol is a HEART for good reason- they love kids and help them reach their full potential! I cannot say enough good things about this amazing organization!
Variety is awesome! My son received a bike from this program, he now have the oppirtunity to share bike riding experiences. We also appreciate and look forward to the family outings. Not only do it bring awareness to the community but we're able to let our hair down because we are surrounded by many that understand. Thanks Variety for the many oppurtunities!
I am a volunteer with the Variety Children's Theatre and I have seen Variety kids gain skills and confidence in their abilities. By participating on backstage or onstage teams, they are learning skills which can transfer to potential careers, and learning how to work together as a team to realize goals.
Summer Camp, paying for equipment and therapy co-pays, the many family outings offered and caring staff are just a few of the reasons Variety of St. Louis is a great organization. Thank you Variety!!
I work at Sherwood Forest, a nonprofit, year-round youth development organization based in St. Louis. We have received several Sunshine Coaches (large 12-passenger vans) from Variety over the last 15 years. Our programs are anchored in a month-long residential summer camp experience, and we use these vehicles to transport our kids to and from our camp site in Lesterville, Missouri. Many of the kids we serve do not have access to reliable transportation, and Sunshine Coach Vans ensure that everyone is able to fully participate in our programs. We are so grateful to be able to partner with Variety The Children's Charity Of St. Louis to improve the lives of children in our community!
I am proud to be the Music Director for both the Variety Club Children's Theater and the Variety Club Children's Chorus. I have been involved with Variety as a professional musician for almost 20 years. What an organization. What dedicated, loving, supportive and caring workers and volunteers! These young people and their parents are all my heroes. I have seen Variety help families in need, provide support, programs, smiles, confidence, and "I can do it-ness," All of the money raised for Variety of St. Louis stays here in St. Louis.
Thank you for not just providing for special needs youth and their families, but also allowing ME the chance to see angels at work.
I have a 5 year old who has been helped immensely by the variety club! He has received medical equipment and has been to 3 of the amazing camps they have. He loves it. They are very good at being able to deal with a "variety" of kids with all different abilities. They are always very understanding and flexible to help fill our needs and to make accommodations. It has been such an enormous blessing in our lives and we are so very thankful!
I am 25 years old, and I have daughter who just turned 5 years old. In 2013 myself, my fiance , and my daughter were hit head on by a driver who was allegedly under the influence. This caused my daughter to have a traumatic brain injury and be diagnosed with ataxia. Since the accident recovery, she has become so determined to get back to where she was before the accident. She has to wear leg braces to help her balance and walk properly. When she out grew the ones the insurance paid for... the insurance would not cover for a new pair due to the short time she out grew the first ones. Unfortunately, I had no money to provide to out pocket for my daughter to walk properly... I searched everywhere trying to find a solution so that she could get the braces that were a necessity for her. I feel so stuck because everyone wanted to help but had no resources to. My daughters Physical therapist heard great things about variety and referred me to them. I contacted them and within a short time (about 2-3 weeks) my daughter had the doctors appointment to get the braces fitted and paid for. Variety provided all costs for her braces. No words could describe how appreciative and thankful that variety could help my daughter! I hope anybody out there struggling to find help like my family was, could be referred to by variety. They truly are amazing!
My 10 year old daughter (Madi) has cerebral palsy (she was born 12 weeks early). Variety has helped ensure she can get the equipment she needs (like a walker & stander) plus they help cover some of her weekly physical therapy co-pays. Madi has also participated in their amazing plays & their camp which make Madi feel more like a regular kid. I don't know what we'd do without Variety.
my son has gotten help from them since he was a baby, he is 12 years old and they still help us when our Insurance dont pay this organization is an awesome one the people just love these kids its like ... WOW!!! unbelievable.. amazing people! im in tears .. thank you so much guys! we couldn't do this with out your help! God Bless you for helping all these kid's!!
As parents to two children with special needs, we are determined to provide our children with the best that life has to offer, despite their disabilities. When the needs of our children became financially challenging, we reached out to Variety. Our youngest needed a walker and orthotics were required for both children and were provided immediately by Variety. Our children desperately wanted bikes, but were unable to ride the traditional ones. Variety was able to provide both of our children with therapeutic bikes, custom-fitted to their unique abilities.
Our children have also attended Variety Adventure Camp and always have the time of their lives. With their intense therapies and doctor appointments consuming most of their days, it is wonderful that Variety can help our children experience a more typical childhood summer. We thank God that Variety is able and willing to help us in so many ways.
We are unsure what the future entails and get overwhelmed when thinking about it, but we take great comfort in knowing that Variety will be there when we need them.
I've been an actor in two of Variety's productions. It is one of the most rewarding experiences I could ask for. It is wonderful to see children of all abilities get to participate and grow as individuals and to work together towards a goal. It's a fun experience for all and kids who participate are being taught valuable life lessons that they're not even aware of. Children who are not disabled are taught compassion and perhaps working with the Variety kids might make them want to pursue a career in special education or the medical or social work. The Variety kids get to be kids; treated like anyone else with the same expectations to do their very best. It is an excellent rehearsal environment. The Variety staff and the artistic staff work very hard to make sure that everyone is treated with respect and kindness while maintaining the necessary focus to mount their amazing productions. The staff also has high expectation of everyone in rehearsal and the kids always rise to the occasion and meet the challenge. Variety has been a valuable organization in the St. Louis community for decades and I know with the dedication of the staff and help from the community will continue to be a wonderful asset.
I had a great opportunity to be a wrangler for Peter Pan and it was one of the best experiences I had! I loved working with the kids and getting to see them grow as actors for the show. I was able to see the show on Sunday and it was amazing! I love seeing the Variety kids being treated as people not as people with a disability. This experience has reassured me to become a special ed teacher. I love everything Variety does!
Where do I start? My son needed a wheelchair. We didn't have the extra money to cover what insurance would not. We didn't know what we were going to do! I met a mom with a child in a chair at a fair. She told me about Variety, and gave me the number for Diane. Diane was so gracious and helpful. Variety covered what we couldn't. Then we learned that Variety not only helps with equipment, but many other things too. My son was invited to an adventure camp put on by Variety. It was wonderful! They do these camps to provide opportunities for children who otherwise would not be able to go to camp because of their limited abilities. These camps are helpful in building self esteem and to teach these children they can be a productive member of society. They also learn there are others out there with similar challenges.
Variety has been amazing for my son. He has gained confidence in himself and made friends. He feels valued and more comfortable in his own skin. It's an amazing organization that we are lucky to have in our community.
I am the parent of a six year old boy with Down syndrome and autism. Variety has helped him and our family in so many ways! The summer camp has been so amazing for him and he absolutely loves going. He is able to participate in a lot of activities that otherwise would be very challenging for him. He also received an adapted bike from Variety two years ago and it is amazing to see him pedal it himself, I have to run to keep up. He loves to ride it to the park in our neighborhood. Variety also provides our son with the orthodic inserts that help give him stability for movement. He also receives weekly therapy through the There-happy program. I can't imagine where we would be without the help of the Variety Club, it is truly a wonderful organization dedicated to helping kids with special needs.
My daughter is 8 years old and Variety has helped us more times that I can count! And in more ways than can be counted! She has attended "I Can" Summer Camp for years & it's her favorite weeks of the year. She has also received an amazing bike from Bikes for Kids, and a wheelchair lift for our van. For the past two years, she has loved being a part of Variety Chorus and this year, is doing her first musical with Variety. Everyone I speak to at Variety has such love for kids that it shines through in all they do! She would not be where she is without Variety & neither would we!
I have been served by Variety since I was 4 years old. I have gotten equipment and so many opportunities though. I love acting and singing. Because of Variety I've been able to take voice lessons and be in musicals. I've been able to meet new people and become friends with them. I'm so grateful to Variety for the opportunities I've had and the ones I'm continuing to get!
With out Variety Club I am not sure that we would beable to take care of our special needs daughter. They have helped us MANY times when the ins. Company could/would not pay for the equipment. I will forever be greatful for Variety Club and what they have done for us and other famlies like us! Many people do not understand the need for the equipment or the cost of it. God Bless Variety Club and Everyone that contributes to them To make all of this possible.