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“This is just SUCH a bright spot in our year!! Thank you SO much!”
“I would like to take a moment to thank the founders, workers, and volunteers of Nathaniel’s Hope for formulating this wonderful program. I enjoyed the day at Lake Eola on Saturday with my family and once again felt blown away at how tremendously generous and big hearted the community is towards our precious children. Thank you is not enough expression for the closeness we feel in our hearts for this outreach. I believe because of the resources provided during the Buddy Stroll my disabled middle-school aged daughter may have a better educational opportunity. Had I not attended the stroll, I wouldn’t have known that a private school, which caters to children with disabilities, was located a short 5 blocks from our home. You are greatly appreciated and loved by the VIP families. Please know how much I’m touched by your work and I have no doubt your reward in heaven will be all amazing.”
“A huge thank you to everyone that helped with Make ‘m Smile this year. Each year it gets better and better, and we are incredibly fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community. We are grateful, more than we could express, to Nathaniel’s Hope, to all volunteers, to all vendors, to all buddies. When we stroll around the lake and see familiar faces, we are reminded of how large our family truly is and of all the terrific people that we have been blessed with in our lives. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.”
-Meghan, Molly, Maddie, Diane and Matt
“I wanted to say thank you. My 3 year old nephew Andre has severe PVL and has just recently received his wheelchair. Prior to that we carried him or used a stroller, but as he grows it has become very hard to carry him and he no longer fits comfortably in his stroller. Until late May I viewed him as the baby, then the wheelchair came. At that point I realized I had convinced myself that we carried him and still use the stroller because he was a baby, and I couldn’t accept that he may never walk or talk… babies don’t. After the chair came I had to face that he was a child with special needs, but I was still afraid. On June 6th I attended Make ‘m smile, just me and Andre… and the chair. I was so afraid, so many people, pets and obstacles, how would we get around, could I face his disabilities on my own for several hours? Well, thanks to your organization and our wonderful buddies, the day was easy and so much fun. It also gave me the opportunity to see that it’s just a chair, he’s still my sweet faced, bright smiled, loving little man. It helped me to see that he’s not a baby, he’s a special child with special needs and there are so many people out there willing to help. His disabilities still scares me, but I now know that there is a whole community out there of people who have “faced there chair” to help me face and accept the chair in my family. Thank you for putting this event together and letting my VIP kid and me enjoy a day of fun, food and acceptance. ”
“Just wanted to share with you our sincere thanks! We are grateful to have been part of this special event. It was our first visit to Make ‘m Smile! My son with Autism had a blast. The bouncy houses were extremely fun for him. As he said, “this was the best place ever!” Thanks for your lovely event of keeping your son’s memory alive and the hope that we long for. It enables us to unite and share a common thread. Again, we feel truly blessed to have been part of this event! Thank you and God Bless you!”