As some of you might know, I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Montego Bay, Jamaica on a service trip last March to help at the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf (CCCD). This residential school houses about about 50 deaf students, each dependent on outside sponsorship. This giving of resources allows them to learn to communicate through sign language and even through some verbal speaking, have clothes, food, books, up-to-date education, hobbies that can lead to careers, and medical care to supply items like hearing aids. As a business and group, valeo / personal training (you guys!) have generously donated to my Swim for Shenicia event and helped raise over $2600 for Shenica Norman, an 11-yr old girl from CCCD who has a special place in my heart. I recently got a letter from her and wanted to pass on a huge THANK YOU to each of you for caring enough to provide her with opportunities she would’ve otherwise never had the chance to have.

The need for sponsors continues, and each month, I’d like to highlight a few children who are still in need of support.
This little guy is Michael Bailey – he is six years old and loves to ride his tricycle, draw and color. His favorite color is blue and his favorite toy is Nintendo. Michael is in 1st grade and is learning sign language very well. A simple donation of $25 dollars/month will help CCCD provide him with medical care, education, food and just an overall better quality of life. If any of you are interested in sponsoring Michael (each child needs at least 10 sponsors to be considered fully sponsored), please contact Laura White at [email protected] and she will let you know the steps to take to make it happen. Your monthly donation can literally be life-changing for Michael!!

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