Saturday, June 7th, 2014 will be the 12th annual “Make ‘m Smile.” According to www.NathanielsHope.org “Make ‘m Smile is an annual community festival dedicated to celebrating VIP kids (kids with all types of special needs/disabilities) and their families. We invite people from the community to stroll around the park while enjoying entertainment, food, and family activities.” It will be held at Lake Eola which is located in Downtown Orlando, FL.
Having attended this event five years in a row, I can personally attest to how much fun it is. My “VIP” asks to go back each year. He loves the special attention he receives from all the volunteers and truly feels like a “VIP” every time he attends. We enjoy seeing our friends and fellow members of the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) community at Make ‘m Smile, as well as the many therapists who have worked with our child over the years. Make ‘m Smile is also very helpful to our family because we appreciate the opportunity to learn about existing and new therapies that have been developed since we first learned of our son’s challenges and the opportunity to ask questions directly to therapists and owners of business which may be able to help our child.
At Make ‘m Smile, there’s something for everyone in the family, regardless of ability. The event is also free for VIP children and their immediate family. I’d like to let you know that Make ‘m Smile runs on volunteers, (individuals or couples/families to help with The Buddy Stroll, individuals to help with parking, checking people in, setting up, cleaning up etc.) If you have a desire to help children with special needs and their families, there are many volunteer opportunities. For more information or to register for Make ‘m Smile, please contact Nathaniel’s Hope at http://www.nathanielshope.org/. You can register for the event online.