Volunteers, Sponsors Needed to Help Charlottesville-Area 'Hallowheels'
They are seeking volunteers to help design and build customized costumes to be incorporated into several kids' wheelchairs. Each will need a sponsor, which requires a $200 donation.
"We really don't want it to be about the fact that they have a disability, but if you're going to flip that story around and turn it into something cool and fun. It creates an amazing, wonderful experience for them," Bennett's Village Co-founder Brian Gibney said.
The children will unveil their costumes at the Charlottesville Halloween Festival on October 26.
Release from Bennett's Village:
Bennett's Village, in partnership with Virginia CATS (Children's Assistive Technology Service) will be bringing Hallowheels to the Charlottesville area this fall!
Hallowheels is a program started by CATS that builds fantastic Halloween costumes around kids' wheelchairs, changing something that may be a boundary to social interactions into something that helps kids feel cool and special. This year, with the help of UVA's Drama Department and members of our community, we hope to make costumes for 4-5 lucky kids.
To make this happen, we need your support. If you want to help with the creative part of this process, please reply to this email or contact Brian Gibney at firstname.lastname@example.org before September 21st.
Each kiddo will also need a fiscal sponsor—an individual or organization—to fund their costumes. Sponsorship of a child requires only a $200 donation. It takes a small amount to make a huge difference for one lucky kid!
In addition to knowing that you'll make a child's Halloween special, sponsors will be listed on the CATS and Bennett's Village websites and social media channels, as well as listed in local media coverage of the event.
To sponsor a kid, please contact Cathie Cummins, CATS Executive Director, at email@example.com or 540-493-2285.
To learn more about Bennett’s Village, see bennettsvillage.org.