Variety to donate 26 pieces of adaptive equipment to local children at Seneca Highlands IU

2 Mar 2021 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

A number of local families will be gifted with life-changing adaptive equipment on Thursday.

On that day, Variety — the Children’s Charity and Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9 are slated to present 26 adaptive bikes and strollers to local children with disabilities.

Variety provides adaptive equipment at no cost to families of children and youth with a mental, physical or sensory disability who live in the service area, are 3 through 21 years old and who meet the income guidelines. The income guidelines are designed so that middle income families are included, not just low income.

The equipment will be presented at the IU9 in Smethport. Families will be coming at scheduled times to receive their equipment.

“Thursday is going to be a really exciting day in Smethport, Pa. when we present a huge amount of equipment to local kids, and it is all given for free,” said Variety’s CEO Charlie LaVallee. “Including Thursday’s distribution, Variety has presented more than 75 adaptive bikes, adaptive strollers, and communication devices to kids in Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter counties worth more than $120,000! We hope to help so many more this year.”

IU9 Executive Director Don Wismar said that IU9’s goal is “To become the epitome of Rural Education Leadership,” and LaVallee said that Wismar is truly achieving it with his leadership and passion.

Variety recently celebrated the presentation of its 4,000th piece of equipment, having given away equipment worth $6.3 million since starting in 2012.

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