New foundation to help children with special needs is launched in Fontana, CA
A new nonprofit organization, Special Angels Foundation, has been established in Southern California with the goal of helping children with special needs, and the grand launch of the project was held in Fontana on Jan. 27, 2018.
Special Angels Foundation, which was founded by Crystal and Gary Carpenter, made its official debut with a fundraiser at the Fontana Community Senior Center.
More than 300 people attended the event, which raised more than $8,000 for the foundation.
The Carpenters said they were pleased to be able to utilize the Fontana location and were thankful for all of the businesses and individuals who contributed to the event.
“We have witnessed first hand the many challenges facing families raising special needs children, ” the Carpenters said. “Our daughter has two handicapped twin children with multiple disabilities. They were born five years ago premature at 28 weeks. They weighed 2 pounds when they were delivered. As a result, they have the worst form of cerebral palsy. They cannot sit up, nor can they assist themselves with living an independent life.”
This situation is very difficult for the family because the Carpenters’ daughter has been denied financial help from institutions due to the fact that she does not fall below the poverty line and therefore cannot qualify for benefits.
“There is a large segment of the U.S. population that are raising children with special needs, but fall through the cracks for funding as they make too much to qualify for programs such as Medicaid and Medicare but do not make enough to pay for the therapies and equipment their special child requires. Insurance coverage is often limited to these families as well,” the Carpenters said.
According to Special Angels Foundation, about 18 percent of America's children have a disability and special needs.
Special Angels Foundation was birthed from the belief that early intervention is critical in helping children with developmental disabilities reach their full potential.
“It is of vital importance that Special Angels Foundation assist these children in receiving therapies and access to medical and adaptive equipment and tools that will help them succeed,” the Carpenters said.
As a result, the foundation will aim to provide:
• Grants to families of special needs’ children to purchase or assist in purchasing special equipment, or access therapies.
• Rreferral resources to a variety of organizations, health care professionals, and support services.
The foundation is welcoming all donations. For more information, call (888) 835-3919 or visit www.specialangelsfoundation.org.