Where There’s a Need

lukasSpecial Children Need
by JAK guest blogger, Amanda Burns, of Racine

Hi there. My name is Amanda J. Burns, and I founded Children with Disabilities in February of 2007 inspired by my son who was born with Cerebral Palsy. The goal of this organization is to help fund programs that serve special needs children. These children require a lot of supplies at school and acquiring those supplies can get expensive. The teachers and teacher’s aides that work in the special needs classes purchase a lot of the supplies that are used at school. As there isn’t a budget for these supplies, the cost comes out of the pockets of the teachers and staff.

The supplies include such things as laundry soap, tissue, baby wipes, dish soap, and liquid hand soap. Other supplies are school and craft items such as markers, paints, construction paper, and so forth. The children also go on outings that include going to Target, Wal-Mart, and the bowling alley. These outings require the parents and caregivers of the children to pay for the field trips. Unfortunately not all families can afford the field trips. Once again the teachers will use their personal funds to pay so that all of the children are included in these events. It is important to the children that their friends are included in any and all activities.

I have seen the teachers and staff work and I appreciate everything that they do for my child at school. Because of their devotion to these children I want to help them provide for the children. I am starting by having a Children with Disabilities Vendor and Craft Fundraiser.

The event will be held on Saturday April 13, 2013 from 10am – 4pm at CareersIndustries located at 4811 Washington Ave., in Racine WI. There will be over 40 Crafters and Vendors at this event. I have arranged for a nominal admission fee of $2. This money will be split evenly between Children with Disabilities and Careers Industries, which is a center for disabled adults.

In addition to the crafts and vendors we will be having a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and other individual items raffled off. The other items include sports memorabilia, restaurant gift cards, a gymnastics birthday party, Timber Ridge Lodge birthday party, plus items from each of the participating vendors. Daniel Chiropractic will also be giving free spinal screenings.

Craig Newsome, former NFL cornerback of the Green Bay Packers, will be there signing autographs! Bring your Packer gear and get your autographs!!!

Children’s books will also be available for sale, as well as a concession area with food and drinks.

I would greatly appreciate any help to guarantee this event be successful and well run. Anyone that would like to volunteer at the event and/or donate an item for the silent auction or raffle can contact me at ajburns83@gmail.com, or they can bring any of the supplies named above to the event and we will have a supply box for the items!!! Donated items can also be taken to Careers Industries, as we are having a supply drive.

All proceeds earned at this event will go towards the special needs children in our local schools for classroom supplies and field trips.

Some of the crafters include:

Glitzy Glamour Boutique- home made tutus, tutu dresses and hair accessories

Caledonia Lioness Club- scarves and jewelry

Heartfelt & Home Spun- knitted & crochet items

Sea Bath & Beauty- home made soaps, chap sticks, and bath bombs

The Kurlinski’s- latch hook rugs & jewelry

Gia Robertson- cushions, travel pillows, scarves & throws

Bagn’ You- fabric totes & drawstring back packs

Judy Maranger & Janice Goebel- book art & pop top bracelets

Katie Degroot- crochet dishcloths & hot pads

Lucille Sauder- fleece blankets, baby, kitchen, & wood items

Lynette Uttech- burp rags, wood doll beds & stools

Mary Blankenship- hand painted items

The Paper Turtle- hand crafted & unique items made of paper, yarn and fabric

Patricia Herr- paper crafts, wine glasses, autism awareness items

Sweet Somethings- cupcakes

Teralyn’s Creations- crochet items

Linda Kenyon- baby shower items

Karrens’ Cookies- cookies

Annie Gartner- scarves, hats, & Packer stuff

Dic’s Wics- soy candles & sugar scrubs

Kenny Szafasz- woodcarvings

2 Crafty Girls- coasters & t-shirt scarves

Wisconian Delactables- homemade gourmet chips

Some of the vendors include:






Tastefully Simple

It Works



Paparazzi Jewelry

The Pampered Chef



Grace Adele


Origami Owl

Organo Coffee

Children with Disabilities event

Note: the time for Craig Newsome autographs is subject to change.

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Amanda is married with 3 kids stay at home mom, and a full-time student. She is also an entrepreneur who makes custom tutu dresses, tutus, dog tutus, and hair accessories.


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