To Patti Kruppo of Delhi for starting the EVAN lending closet, which has more than 45 pieces of therapeutic equipment that children with disabilities, including autism, can borrow.
Kruppo and her husband, Scott, founded Enlightening Views of Autism Now in 2002. Named after their son, Evan, who was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old, the organization seeks to provide parental support, information on borrowing therapeutic equipment, resources and more to the community.
After learning about different therapeutic equipment that could be helpful for autistic children, Kruppo said, the family had a difficult time actually getting the equipment for Evan to try. Because every case of autism is different and each child learns differently, Kruppo said, equipment didn’t always work for Evan. For instance, Kruppo said weighted vests, which help some autistic children relax and feel calm, do not work for her son.
“We would continually spend money on sensory integration equipment that would not work but we had no place to borrow it from to try it out,” Kruppo said. “We also would have to wait for months to get coverage by insurance for equipment that we felt Evan could use right away. We want to help other families, so they don’t have to go through what we did.”
With one in 88 children being diagnosed with autism, and the number of cases growing, the need for equipment will grow as well. We applaud Kruppo for taking the initiative to help other families in a similar situation.
To participants and organizers of the annual Frost Bite 5K to benefit the Oneonta YMCA.
Almost 200 people took part in the New Year’s Day event in below-freezing temperatures.
Oneonta Family YMCA Executive Director Frank Russo said the Frost Bite 5K is a yearly fundraiser that benefits the YMCA scholarship fund and offsets program costs.
This is a wonderful, healthy way to welcome the new year while helping a community organization. We applaud all who braved the cold temperatures to support this worthy cause.
To the Elm Park United Methodist Church in Oneonta for continuing its wintertime tradition of providing free soup to anyone who would like it.
All are welcome to stop by the church at 401 Chestnut St. in Oneonta from 4 to 5 p.m. each Wednesday for a bowl to go.
Soup-to-Go began its 16th year on Wednesday with turkey harvest dinner soup. A different homemade soup will be offered each week through March 12. The soup is free, but donations for the church are accepted.
We thank the church volunteers for their time in creating, packaging and distributing the warm servings of soup to those in need or those who just want something to warm them up on a cold winter’s day.