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PlaySpace Dedicated at Respite Open House

by dstresing

Several Donors Made Project Possible

In late October 2013, an open house for donors and volunteers with a short dedication of a new children’s outdoor play space took place at the Children’s Guild Foundation Mildred M. Seegler Respite House run by Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled on Dixon drive in the Town of Tonawanda, New York.

Three local foundations were honored for their generous grants for the Respite House. KeyBank gave a total of $30,000 towards renovations and supplies for the house; the Maria Love Convalescent Fund provided $10,000 toward sensory, medical and adaptive equipment; the M&T Charitable Foundation donated $1,500 for teen and young adult transition program supplies.  Additionally, The Baird Foundation recently announced a $3,000 contribution to renovations at the house.

The new outdoor fenced in play area at the Respite House was also dedicated.  The playground was made possible by a grant of $7,275.00 from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York.  The grant monies used to support this award were raised through the efforts of the local McDonald’s Restaurants in the Western New York community, and in part by national McDonald’s promotional programs.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities funds were used to purchase playground equipment for The Children’s Respite House.  As project momentum grew, the play space attracted the attention and the funding of other area businesses and charitable organizations to provide additional resources for the house and play space.

Lowe’s Heroes, a charitable branch of the home improvement store, provided fencing, landscaping, a gas grill, picnic tables and other supplies.  Other donations and work were provided by Just Fences, Capital Fence and American Eagle Fireplaces & Playsets.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled officially opened the respite center in April 2013 and has dedicated the home to serving the children and residents of the City of Buffalo, and surrounding areas.

In the immediate Buffalo area, there are hundreds of families that seek overnight respite services for children with developmental disabilities.  The new Community Services respite site is the first of its kind to offer overnight and after school respite for these families in a location in or close to the city limits.  Currently, nearly all of Western New York’s respite sites are located in suburban areas not easily accessed by public transportation.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals and reaches out to families in the community by supporting programs that benefit children.

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