A mother reads a book to her son in the playroom.
In the two months since we started our fundraising efforts on Global Giving, we have raised a little over 40% of our goal, thanks to your donations, Facebook shares, and tweets. Here's a big THANK YOU to you for those efforts!
With the funds we have raised thus far, we were able to open the therapeutic playroom. Your support has helped us buy bookshelves, books, and some toys. I wish I could show you pictures of all of the children as they walk into the playroom (for their protection, we can't photograph their cute faces). Their eyes grow wide as if saying, "Are all of these for me?" The environment helps children feel safe and this helps us work with them as they process their emotions through play. We do have a lovely picture to show you of LAYC participants not in therapy so you can see how the room is coming together.
We're excited to share with you that the funds allowed us to order interlocking foam-flooring for the entire playroom, a play kitchen, and a complete set of blocks. Our next step is painting the room and buying child-friendly furniture and toy storage containers. Right now, the toys are quietly lined up against the walls; a sight the children love. I am really looking forward to sharing more pictures of the playroom as you fill it with color, shapes, and imagination.
In the meantime, I need your help spreading the word about the project and asking friends and relatives to help us reach our goal. Every donation, email, and social media post gets us closer. During the month of September, Global Giving will run a contest for individual supporters where you can win prizes (like Jet Blue tickets!) You can also help us win bonus funds. Go here to start a Fundraiser Page for the LAYC Therapeutic Playroom project.
Thanks again for believing in our project,