Dear Ann Storck Friends:
For those of you who do not know me, my name is Jelani Jenkins – Linebacker with the Miami Dolphins – and I’m honored to be this year’s ambassador of Ann Storck Center’s Holiday Wish List Drive. Knowing that I’m part of a team that has such an impact on the lives of those individuals that need our help the most is why I signed up. Giving back, especially during this time of year, is important to me.
And the holidays are an important time of year at Ann Storck. It’s a source of inspiration to the 300 adults and students they serve. During my recent visits, I not only enjoy taking pictures and signing autographs, but I get to hear all about the presents they can’t wait to see under the tree. Everyone really gets into the holiday spirit! Decorations are up, rehearsals for the holiday show are happening, and shopping trips are planned along with everything in between that goes into making the season warm and bright.
When I spend time at Ann Storck, I’m amazed to see how the adults and children deal with the day to day challenges that come with having a disability. Watching a young child learn to walk that has developmental delays or watching a resident master simple daily tasks, many that we take for granted, touches my heart every time. Their courage to live life as if with no boundaries is awe inspiring. I now have a whole new perspective on the meaning of courage.
And now I’m asking for your help. We can work together to make a difference. Your loving gift during the holidays WILL make wishes come true. More importantly, your investment builds momentum toward a better future at Ann Storck. With your help, there will be a lot of smiling facing. I’ve already seen those smiles when they are touched by the kindness and generosity of those that care.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season!