Suncoast Charities for Children recently received a $3,000 donation from the Gardens of Venice – Bingo Charity Fund to support children’s therapy scholarships and assistance packages for at-risk children as they graduate from Preschool.
Alan Beckwith, a resident of the Gardens of Venice, came up with the idea to donate funds raised from their Bingo Charity Fund to a local charity after learning about how many local children need help right here in our own community. Alan stated, “To see the smile on the faces of children who need our help is the best feeling in the world.”
This donation will help support care packages for at-risk children 5-8 years old attending Children First at their Venice and North Port campus locations. These care packages will include shoes, dental supplies, and food vouchers. It will also help to support speech, occupational, physical, feeding, and aquatic therapies for preschool children with special needs at The Haven. Lucy Nicandri, Executive Director for Suncoast Charities for Children, stated: “When Alan reached out to me, I immediately sensed he had a big heart when it came to helping children. We are so grateful for this donation as families are struggling to keep food on the table, purchase clothes for their children to go to school, and provide them with the necessary therapy services they need.”