14 Mar New Costumes for Hannah
DONATION: PARTY CITY COSTUMES
LIVES IMPACTED: 65
NextStep For Life, in Mapaville, MO, aims to provide an array of services that assist individuals with disabilities to live fulfilled lives. We offer supportive programs within five service areas: Community Supports, Employment, Family Supports, Leisure, and Residential. We work with individuals and their families to meet their needs by coordinating services that provide access to educational, employment, housing, and socialization opportunities. NextStep’s programs and services promote independence by offering freedom to make choices in a supportive, encouraging environment.
Working with Good360, we received a large donation of Party City costumes. We were able to distribute them just in time for Halloween to the individuals with developmental disabilities that we serve. We received a vast selection of costumes, so there was something for everyone! The costumes benefitted many others as well! Several of the costumes went to low-income households, children, and to our residential performance troupe, “The NextSteppers.” Many of the individuals we serve take joy in dressing up in fun costumes. This donation allowed us to provide more opportunities to encourage creativity, socialization, and fun!
We were contacted by the mother of one of the many people we provide services to who has autism. She is a single mom and recently lost her job doing medical billing from her home after a merger. She was excited to come by and look for a costume for her daughter, Hannah, since money is going to get tight. The first one she saw was the green Tinker Bell costume pictured above. She was so excited because her daughter had a Tinker Bell costume at home that she loved and it was falling apart and getting too small. She explained how her daughter loves putting on costumes, so we insisted that she take more than one. This young lady got so much joy from this donation, and the pictures say it all.
Hannah’s mom sent us an email soon after saying, “The costumes are priceless! She is having the time of her life! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for making this little one so happy! My daughter is arranging them in her closet with such care and joy!” Thank you, Party City and Good360. You have truly made a difference!