One of our largest donors, Speedway Children's Charities, not only donates their money, but their time to PRDC. This year their volunteers decided that their time would be best spent giving one of our largest homes a facelift.
On August 15th, Speedway Children's Charities came to our Children's Center and poured concrete to attach ramps to our walkways, plant flowers, lay mulch, fill our playground and picnic areas with sand, and spray for bugs.
On top of all this wonderful work they did, they also threw our residents a pool party. They brought the pool, party supplies, sunglasses, and towels with each resident's name embroidered on them. Our children had such a great day and to see them smile makes us all smile
Our Resident, Ben, raced in Concord's Streetlight 5K on 7/13/18. He was able to participate in this race because of an organization called Speed for Need. This organization that works to "raise awareness and foster inclusion of those with a special need through fitness events".
Speed for Need brought a customized racing wheelchair for Ben, who they refer to as a "Track Commander". Along with the equipment was a group of volunteers that pushed this special wheelchair, allowing Ben to complete this 5K.
Chris Earnhardt, a boyscout in our Mount Pleasant Community, is working towards his Eagle Scout Badge. In order to accomplish this he has volunteered to build a sensory garden for our residents at our Christy Woods home. The entire project will be planned, supervised, and paid for by Chris.
Chris first proposed the project back in September 2017, gaining approval from his troop leader, PRDC Executive Director, and finally his district or council advancement committee. The project was finally approved by all parties in November 2017.
Chris worked tirelessly to raise funds for the project including getting some of the labor and materials donated. The projected was officially underway as of the last week of January 2018, with cement poured on the 31st.
The total estimated cost of the project is $3,300 and will take 30-60 days to finish, weather permitting.
The garden was completed in March 2018 and has been enjoyed by residents and family. We are so happy to have additions to our homes that enhance our residents life.
The garden is located at our Christy Woods home. It includes a large cemented walkway through the middle of it to accomadate wheelchairs and multiple visitors. The walkway is surrounded on all sides by various plants that play on some of our major senses: touch, smell, and sight, and sound.
Chris worked with Piedmont Landscaping to not only build the garden, but to pick appropriate plants for the senses that will thrive in North Carolina's climate.
Some of the proposed plants are: Mint, Butterfly Plant, Wax Flowers, Toothache plant, and Lemon Grass.